No Spoilers. 🙂
Just came home from the theater, and yes! I have to write about the movie, right now! 🙂
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- One of Harry Potter‘s textbooks during his time at Hogwarts.
- A book, J K Rowling released sometime in 2001, the proceeds of which went to charity.
A person who has read the book would actually know that it is nothing but a glossary of the various beasts that are a part of the wizarding world. The same person would wonder – how can one make a movie out of a glossary? Well, they made a movie alright. And Potterheads around the world are bound to be delighted!
The movie narrates one particular journey of Newt Scamander, the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Newt and his suitcase travel all the way from Britain to the city of New York. Now, the New York of that time was filled with people who were scared to trust each other, for the fear of wizards/witches among them. Magic was something the “No-Maj” (aka Muggles, aka Non-magical folks) feared, and the Magical community tried to suppress. What happens when you suppress the magic in you? That forms the crux of the tale.
The movie takes place in a world much before Lord Voldemort, when the entire world was terrorized by one Gellert Grindelwald. Ring any bells? Naturally, any mention of Albus Dumbledore was met with the loudest of cheers! Come what may, he still is our hero!
There is one particular scene where the topic of discussion is the schools that teach magic around the world. The Americans claim Ilvermony is the best wizarding school there is, to which Newt, in his meek voice, smiles and says- “Hogwarts is the best wizarding school in the world.” And who among us is going to dispute that? 😀
Coming to the performances, Eddie Redmayne is impressive as Newt Scamander. He fits into the shoes of a traveling magizoologist quite easily. Throughout the movie, he never makes direct eye contact with the humans. Like he is too afraid to look them in their eyes and find their true intentions; find betrayal. With his beasts, he is completely at ease, though. No awkwardness at all – from the most ferocious of them to the tiniest Bowtruckle. Well, the beasts don’t hide anything, do they? Unlike us humans. No wonder we are the worst beast out there!
Credence, played by Ezra Miller, is one of the many orphans in New York , and you can’t help but feel sorry for him. The No-Maj Jacob Kowalski (played by Dan Fogler) brings in a lot of laughs, particularly in the scene where they try to capture an Erumpent. Then there is Porpentina Goldstein (yes yes, I know you know who she is.. but for the benefit of those who don’t, let’s keep is quiet, shall we? 😉 ). She works for the MACUSA (the American version of the Ministry of Magic), along with one Percival Graves (Colin Farrell), as an Auror.
Is there anything J K Rowling cannot do? This is her Screenwriting debut, and with David Yates as director of the movie, she has managed to bewitch us yet again, with a tightly knit story (particularly after a loose Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). Granted, a few times you did wish for the story to pick up pace. But once it did, there was no going back!
Before I end up revealing the twist in the tale, and before the social media spoils it for you, do go out to the theater and watch the magic unveil! 🙂
P.S. At the end of the movie, this was the thought that came to my mind – Was this what happened to one Ariana Dumbledore? Part 2, please come soon!!