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Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them Review

A RETURN TO THE WIZARDING WORLD


 

The Harry Potter movie franchise stands tall and proud in movie history. Based on the worldwide bestselling books by J.R. Rowling, this cinematic franchise (eight feature films in total) spanned over a decade from its first installment in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) to its epic conclusion in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Sure, there were skeptics out there that the franchise would falter, but its ultra-popular success is undeniably, with millions of fans immersing themselves in this movie universe and raking in huge dollars at the box office. Like it’s source material, each Potter film became more elaborate and complex, delving deeper into Harry Potter’s journey and the Wizarding World that he inhabits. The visuals improved, the acting got better, the story became more engaging and darker, and each one became that more satisfying to watch. Many studios have tried to copy the franchise’s success of adapting popular young reader series (i.e. Chronicles of Narnia, Eragon, Percy Jackson, etc.), but, unlike to those franchise potentials, Harry Potter’s popularity continued to flourish with each new film release. It’s been five years since the Harry Potter movie franchise concluded and (just like its whole franchise), the overall “Pottermania” is thriving, with Rowling’s empire expanding beyond the books and films. From clothing apparel, to amusement parks, to a stage play, and many other media outlets, the world is not ready to say goodbye to Rowling’s Wizarding World. This, of course, brings us to present as Warner Bros Pictures, director David Yates, and author J.K. Rowling present the start of a brand new cinematic journey (and film saga) in the Potter’s Wizarding World with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. With a new time period and new characters, does this prequel adventure match the palpable success of its Harry Potter predecessors or does this spin-off tale fail to capture the magic of what “the boy who lived” once had? Read more