*This review will include spoilers*
I came into Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them with pretty low expectations. I figured this was another attempt to drag the Harry Potter franchise out longer than it was meant to be. I was completely wrong. At the end of this movie, I was completely blown away. It is now my second favorite movie out of the entire Harry potter series, (behind The Deathly Hallows Part 1.) Everything about this movie is the polar opposite of the original series. The characters are adults, there is never any wizarding school involved, and it takes place in America way before the events of Harry Potter. Once again, I was skeptical about it being a prequel to the original series especially after The Cursed Child came out as a sequel, and it didn’t do too well. Now, I’m so happy that they decided to make this a prequel series. They dropped tons of clues in this movie about certain characters and events that we knew had happened at some point. We are most likely going to be able to see how the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald fell apart along with more about the Lestrange family, and Dumbledore’s sister Adriana.
There were four to five main characters in this movie: Newt, Tina, Queenie, Jacob, and Creedence.
I loved how different Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob were. The four of them were nothing alike which was what made them work so well together. Newt was a wonderful main character and I fan casted Eddie Redmayne as him a long time before I even knew there would be a movie. The relationship between Tina and Queenie was very sweet. I loved how even though they were sisters they were about as opposite as two people could get. Jacob was definitely the comedic relief and I hope that he will be a part of the next four films. Even though Creedence had much less screen time and he was never involved with the main four, he was still one of my favorites. I love Ezra Miller but I was a little confused when I saw him cast as Creedence considering the role he played in Perks of Being a Wallflower, but he played the part perfectly.
About two weeks before this movie came out, it was announced that Jonny Depp would be playing the part of Grindelwald and that he would only be in the first movie for a couple of seconds. I was going to try to figure out how he would come into the movie but I ended up getting sidetracked. I was so determined to figure out who the obscurial was, and then excited when I was right, that I completely forgot about Grindelwald. I was completely shocked when it was revealed. Hopefully the directors have a plan on how Grindelwald was able to masquerade as Graves for so long because many people are very skeptical about it.
Lastly, this movie obviously involved many Magical Creatures. I loved how they took a portion of this movie to simply go through Newt’s suitcase and introduce the creatures. I haven’t looked yet, but I’m assuming they were all taken out of the Fantastic Beasts Guidebook which would be very cool. I feel like if they had met, Newt Scamander and Luna Lovegood would have been very good friends.
*I recently found out that the next movie is going to take place in France and England rather than New York. Also this whole series is going to take place over 40 years!*