If you have been a Potterhead for years, it should not very take long for you to know that you have heard this familiar title before. Fret not, let me reveal it to you, and it was Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (Chapter 5, Diagon Alley) that first had a mention of this book as part of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry syllabus. (Bingo if you got it right!)
The Harry Potter franchise by Warner Bros. always had the capacity to stun us minus the potions visually. David Yeats directed Fantastic Beasts does not let us down either. Set in the background of New York, it was refreshing to see the city filled with witches and wizards along with “no-majs” (Muggles in the American tongue). So when the briefcase-carrying Newt Scamander’s magical creatures escape, he takes the help of sister-duo of Porpentina Goldstein (Tina) – a demoted auror at that Magical Congress of the USA (MACUSA) and Queenie Goldstein-the Jazz Queen along with ‘no-majik’ Jacob to save his creature friends from humans and further from a sinister force that’s wreaking havoc on the wizarding world.
Eddie Redmayne dons the role of the extremely sweet, introverted, shy (he avoids eye-contact), eccentric magizoologist cum author Newton Artemis Fido Scamander, making it his very own. This was another cakewalk for the Oscar-winning actor making him a clear winner and the star of the entire film. Johnny Depp has a major and important role in the film. Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol judiciously convey the delightful sisters, Tina and Queenie Goldstein, respectively. Fantastic Beasts also stars Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight.
This prequel is also J K Rowling’s first venture as a screenwriter, and she does not fail from drawing attention towards animal conservation. You cannot help but appreciate the multiple underlying ways in which the 133-minute film makes constant references to the Harry Potter films – that throwback feel is intact, leaving you nostalgic many times.
Overall, giving a new dimension to the previous Potter films, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a well-constructed movie that keeps you entailing or rather hypnotize the already hypnotized fans.
Having succumbed to its spellbinding charm, I just wish the film remains unabated for several weeks at the box office.