Before I even begin, I must say this: I am a devoted and very notable, not to mention a faithful fan of Jo Rowling. This English woman has given me so much with her books and the glimpse into her world that I will never be able to repay. When you’re a lonely, bullied kid, this sort of escape place, which is fundamentally magical, is very important.
That being said. I can tell you with hand on my heart that the newest installment into the Harry Potter world sure had some blind places, but is utterly fantastic. Sometimes the pace of “human” scenes did not bound the film together as I wished it did. But that was not the matter, because, for me, it was about being in that world again and seeing the new version of it unfold.
The Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them take us to the America, 60 years before Harry Potter becomes the Boy-Who-Lived. The America was an aspect I was really worried about, but as it was really typical American approach to something new and different, it was so beautifully crafted. The magic of New York, of the jazz era and the physical inventions, still waking up from the war and as Americans do, searching for exposing something or someone. All this was written inside the story of a typical Hufflepuff making his house ever so proud, Eddie Redmayne is a perfect choice for this one!
With Eddie you meet the new heroes, there is an amazing chemistry between Eddie (playing the protagonist Newt Scamander) and Dan Fogler (playing adorable human muggle Jacob Kowalski), Jacob also had amazing chemistry with brilliant Alison Sudol. Important to the storyline are other actors, who were equally brilliant, my personal favorite Colin Farrell but also brilliant Ezra Miller and Katherine Waterson.
Newt, comes to New York just for the few hours, but, as it happens his seriously unreliable and old suitcase that needs, well magic to become secure …you know, it is actually possible, anyway the said suitcase opens (not exactly just once) and – well it results in events when all sorts of creatures escape, rampaging through shops and clubs of New York City. This later sheds light on events lurking in the dark as we see a glimpse on Gellert Grindewald.
But this film is most importantly about beasts and boy are those magnificent. To be honest, they make this film so desirable to me. I love this world, I love its version of magic and the never ending imagination of Jo Rowling, but the beasts, it’s the whole other half of the magical world, which is just as crucial as animals are to us. And I absolutely love that contrast. Magical beasts go from adorable to thieves (but adorable one!), dragons, useful Yoyo like creatures to darkness itself. There is seriously no limit to Jo Rowling’s world.
What Fantastic Beasts stay true to in Harry Potter world is the sheer importance of respect to one another but also love. This has always been a tremendously important aspect of the Wizarding World, and it stays true to it in the newest installment. The lack of such and ignorance is often cataclysm, as it happens here as well.
I know this is not much of a review, but hear me out. If you do not like this world, you will see the faults of the film you project onto it – it’s really easy. But this film, it plays with the minds and hearts of those who dare to step in, really step in. Not with those who wish not to dream and let themselves wonder for a little while.
So go see it. Go and wonder, remember, have a little nostalgic moment where your age will totally sink in, because, belive it or not, it’s 15 years since we sat in the cinemas for the Harry Potter and Philosophers Stone. Yes. 15 BLOODY YEARS!
Anyway. Welcome back Mrs. Rowing ♥
PS: She actually never left, read Mr. Galbraith. It’s a great crime fiction with fusion between Christie and Doyle 🙂