Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (David Yates – 2016) B+

I’m very glad we have JK Rowling in this world. I’m glad she is not just sitting on her butt and swimming in her cash like Scrooge McDuck. Fantastic Beasts takes place decades before Harry Potter turns 11 and goes on his adventures. It’s set in New York in the 20s and mostly covers new ground although it fits in the bigger Harry Potter Gellert Grindelwald story line. He is most likely this new series’ (5 movies are planned I believe!) Voldemort. It looks beautiful, the setting, the roaring 20s, New York and the attention to detail of those weird creatures is great. We have interesting and likable new characters, interesting villains and a whole American wizarding government to keep track of. So many cool scenes and setups here, like Tina and her flirtatious sister Queenie preparing dinner or the magical speakeasy. Going back to the wonderful Rowling wizarding world is a journey I am very much looking forward to.

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