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Fantastic Beasts and where to find them


You have probably heard it; the new “Harry Potter movie” is out! So that you are not disappointed while watching it, I will warn you: there is no Harry Potter and Voldemort in this one. This story is about the same magical world yes and it is indeed written by J.K. Rowling. But this time the plot happens in America and decades before Harry, Ron and Hermione were born, in the beginning of the 19th century. We therefore meet new characters but some names will probably ring a bell.

Newt Scamander is a wizard from Great Britain fond of magical creatures. He is trying to write a book about them in order to teach other wizards how amazing they are. The purpose of his trip to New York is also creature-related. But of course incidents happen and his beasts get him into trouble with the American magical authorities.

How amazing was it to see the wizarding world again in a new story? A real pleasure to see wand fights, house elves, enchanted objects and so many familiar things from our beloved Harry Potter series. It is also really interesting to meet the American magical world, with its own structure of government and policies for the witches and wizards living there. They even have their own version of the word “muggle” which is “no-maj” for “non magical person”, I still prefer the British version of it. The creatures are also amazing, they all have very special characteristics and personalities which make you want to learn more about them. You should read Scamander’s book for that! The story is catchy, with action, adventure and plot twists. But it is nevertheless a bit predictable, like a lot of American blockbusters. I personally, liked it more because of the imaginary world than because of its plot, and I am definitely waiting for the next one, because yes it will be a trilogy and the next one is announced for November 2018.

Director: David Yates

Writer: J.K. Rowling

Released date: 16th November 2016

Rating: 7/10

Journalist: Mathilde Roux