Every kid who grew up in the 90s spent years waiting for their letter from Hogwarts. Every adult who had one of those kids secretly hoped it would come, hoped the magic would be real. Of course, they never arrived (sorry any kids reading this), but the Harry Potter movies gave us all a glimpse into what could have been. It was an undoubtedly sad time when the final film rolled its credits, but when Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was announced, the giddy excitement started all over again.
We were invited to the global premiere of Fantastic Beasts last night, and long story short – go watch this film.
Short story long, the film is fantastic. Appropriate, no? The screenplay was written by J.K Rowling herself so it’s direct from the master. Set in 1926 New York, Fantastic Beasts is a refreshing change of scenery from the Harry Potter world. We follow Newt Scamander as he ventures across the Big Apple initially trying to recapture some of his escaped beasts. Along for the ride is ‘No-Maj’ (American for Muggle) Jacob Kowalski and ex-Auror Tina Goldstein, seeing her chance to regain her lost position as an investigator. However, a more sinister, dangerous force is also present, threatening to expose and destroy the wizarding world.
The setting of Fantastic Beasts is, in my opinion, brilliant. I’m always a sucker for that time, anything before the 1960s I’m all about really. Probably because it’s so unknown to me, being much less technologically documented than later decades. Fantastic Beasts captured the atmosphere of the time extremely well, with their vision of sprawling 1920s NYC feeling entirely real. The cinematography was also a high point of the film, although nothing really stood out as properly amazing pieces of work.
Long story short – go watch this film.