Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Could Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander be more disarmingly affable?

I’m not sure I’ve come across a more lovely main character in a film this year. Polite and introverted, Redmayne’s greatest achievement is how magnificently he portrays both his character’s deep knowledge and great love for the creatures he has taken under his wing. It’s quite the menagerie too with a host of adorable critters for us to marvel at.

I know what my Patronus is and which house I’d be in but I’m not someone who has an in-depth knowledge of the books. With that in mind I found it mostly easy to follow, though I’d have preferred more monster tracking and less human based nefariousness.

Fantastic Beasts is a charming and entertaining film; it’s also very timely as it deftly acknowledges issues that will ring true with plenty in the audience.

If you like Harry Potter there’s no point me preaching to you. You’ll see the film regardless. But to those of you who aren’t so sure? You really should give it a go. This is a new look into the world we thought we’d left a five years ago and there’s enough magic to make it worth viewing.

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