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Potter Fans Will Relish Fantastic Beasts

Taylor Cooper, Staff Writer

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When the final Harry Potter movie was released on July 15, 2011, many people were disappointed by the end of a favorite series. Surprise surprise, however: five years later J.K. Rowling releases the story of Newt Scamander, the author of the book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in the Harry Potter universe.

She didn’t write a novel detailing his story, instead opting for a movie, which makes this all the more interesting for die-hard Harry Potter fans. No one knew what to expect from this new on-screen tale that touches on how wizardry works in America.
It’s quite the change from the Harry Potter series — muggles have become no-majs, the Ministry of Magic has become MACUSA (the Magical Congress of the United States of America) — it’s a completely different set up than the previous England-based story.

The movie is set in early 20th century New York and starts off with Scamander just arriving. Of course his character is endearingly bumbling… and also quite prone to trouble, like when his trunk full of fantastic beasts is accidentally switched with a no-maj’s case and then Murphy’s Law comes into play.

The actors did a flawless job on each of their characters: Eddie Redmayne as charmingly awkward Newt Scamander, Dan Fogler as ordinary but earnest Jacob Kowalski, Katherine Waterston as stiff but lovable Porpentina Goldstein, and Alison Sudol as eccentric but adorable Queenie Goldstein.

All in all, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is definitely a film worth

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