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“Fantastic Beasts” Doesn’t Disappoint

Duo J.K. Rowling and David Yates Create a Compelling Spinoff

By: Jennifer Weeks

J.K. Rowling and David Yates come together and bring another magical movie to life, a spinoff to the highly successful Harry Potter series with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

The duo not only delivered another successful movie to the franchise, but one without Harry Potter’s presence.

Warner Bros. has already layered the new release with four planned sequels to come. While producing this film they had to re-introduce and strengthen the entire “Harry Potter” franchise.

Warner Bros. as well as Rowling was unsure how movie reviewers and fans would react to the new spinoff. It didn’t help that the book its based off of was only 128 pages long.

Following the story, Rowling took an unexpected and different approach. It’s set in New York, 70 years before Harry Potter’s story.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” does not feature any of the original characters, but focuses on a magizoologist named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).

He is an awkward, sheepish wizard, who travels to New York with a suitcase full of creatures who are considered extremely dangerous in this era of wizarding history.

When a handful of creatures escape out into the real world, Newt must race across Manhattan before the magical congress of the USA captures them.

He finds help from two American witch sisters, Tina and Queenie Goldstein, as well as Jacob Kowalski, a muggle trying to start a bakery. It was difficult to watch a new trio of heroes ruling the wizarding world of magic. But in “Fantastic Beasts,” Rowling gives fans a new trio worthy of leading the big screen.

Newt, Trina, Queenie, and Jacob had fantastic chemistry as a group and all balance each other out. With Rowling’s impeccable imagination paired with Harry Potter’s (films five through eight) director David Yates, they really made the movie live up to the standards that fans were expecting.

Yates was able to incorporate a lot of the visual sequences and chase scenes that reflected Rowling’s original world that she created, but at the same time, made them his own in a distinct way.

The movie generates a lot of new concepts, plots, and even some romance as well. There was a lot of new aspects to this you didn’t quite get to see in the “Harry Potter” franchise.

It was awesome to see a different perspective of the wizarding world brought to life from the imagination of Yates and Rowling.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was overall a great movie, especially in the way it wasn’t trying to be a complete replica of Harry Potter.

It somewhat strayed away from that and did its own thing, took its own storyline and fleshed it out completely.

The characters have so much potential to expand and be able to explore the depths of the wizarding world within the next four sequels.

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