It has been five years since the release of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 movie so it definitely makes sense why Potterheads are going ecstatically crazy over this Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts. I literally cried when I heard Hedwig’s Theme as the film began to start. One who has grown loving and embracing the wonderful creation J. K. Rowling has made does not simply watch Fantastic Beasts without feeling nostalgic and inexplicably excited.


Set in 1926, Newt Scamander, played by the Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, travels to America with his magical suitcase surprisingly full of magical creatures. That’s one big suitcase you got there, Newt! Like literally. (So imagine Hermione’s beaded handbag, to which she placed an undetectable extension charm, only a bit bigger, like a suitcase, perhaps, and filled with living magical creatures.) The story basically shows intolerance toward those who are different or who hold different views and belief from one self.


As most fans already knew, Newt was the fictional author of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them book, which was actually a book also written by Rowling. The actual book released was full of Harry, Hermione and Ron’s scribbles on it, which made the reading more fun and hilarious. Eddie portrayed Newt’s harmlessly eccentric and introverted character very impressively.


The fact that the screenplay was personally written by J. K. Rowling herself made the movie more exciting because it wouldn’t be like before when some parts of the books didn't make into the movie or some scenes were not the same as they were in the books. Although, I found it very difficult to quickly comprehend the details of everything that happened in the movie, like the names of the creatures Newt has or about the wizarding world in America, which apparently left me with a lot of questions when the movie ended. It was completely a different experience as it was before when books were released first before films were made. And as expected, Rowling released an ebook copy of the film’s screenplay on Pottermore. Yey!


The genius David Yates directed the movie, and since he also directed the last four Harry Potter films, there was that consistent dark and imaginative yet whimsical quality that’s very distinguishable amongst a lot of books-turned-into-movies stories. 


What’s more incredible? Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp and a lot of others did justice to Rowling’s perfect imagination. One thing came into conclusion as each actor explicitly fits into the description or type of each character – perfect casting. It’s as if you couldn’t imagine other actors playing their characters as better as they had.


Watching Fantastic Beasts was like reliving Harry Potter but in a slightly different way still unexplored and mysterious to many. I know I felt mixed emotions after watching the film, and baffled is one of them. But it was a good baffle that left me wanting more.

Published by Jenny Lou Cruzado