Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


How does a Magizoologist work on the go? He takes his work with him, of course! Newt Scamander’s suitcase is enchanted so that it’s bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside. To avoid embarrassment at US Customs, Newt can flip a switch on his case to hide its contents from No-Maj eyes.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, or simply Fantastic Beasts, is an upcoming British-American fantasy drama film inspired by the book of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the first installment of a trilogy and is a prequel of the Harry Potter film series and directed by David Yates. The film was written by Rowling as her screenwriting debut and is scheduled to be released on 18 November 2016.

The story revolves around Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) arrival at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), for a meeting with an important official. Central to the story and this meeting is a magically expanded briefcase which houses a number of dangerous magical creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and it threatens even further the state of magical and non-magical relations, which is already in a dangerous place, due to the threatening presence of the fanatical New Salem Philanthropic Society, an extremist organization dedicated to the eradication of wizardkind. The story tells of what effect this devastating mistake has on the state of wizard/No-Maj (the American term for a non-magical person) relations in New York City’s community of wizards and witches in 1926, the effort to correct the mistake, and the horrors of the resultant increase in violence, fear, and tension felt between magical and non-magical people.


I am already looking forward to this movie although it will not be released until November, as it will be directed by the director of the last six Harry Potter movies. It has been five years since the last Harry Potter movie was released, and this prequel will definitely provide a fresh look and more information on J. K. Rowling’s diverse Wizarding World. The movie is set in 1926, which will be something new, as the Harry Potter series was set more recently, in the 1990s. This movie will be a must-watch for Harry Potter fans worldwide, and the trailer was released recently, so I highly recommend you check it out!



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Jocelyn Lim (3J)


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