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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

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Holding a mysterious leather suitcase in his hand, Newt Scamander, a young activist wizard from England, visits New York while he is on his way to Arizona. Inside his expanding suitcase hides a wide array of diverse, magical creatures that exist among us, ranging from tiny, twig-like ones, to majestic and humongous ones. It is the middle of the 20s and times are troubled since the already fragile equilibrium of secrecy between the unseen world of wizards and the ordinary or "No-Maj" people that the MACUSA Congress struggles to maintain, is at risk of being unsettled. In the meantime, the voices against wizardry keep growing with daily protests led by Mary Lou Barebone and fuelled by the increasing disasters ascribed to a dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. At the same time, by a twist of fate, Newt's precious suitcase will be switched with the identical one of an aspiring No-Maj baker, Jacob Kowalski, while demoted Auror, Tina Goldstein, arrests Newt for being an unregistered wizard. To... Written by Nick Riganas

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Explore a new era of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Animales fantásticos y dónde encontrarlos  »

Box Office

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$180,000,000 (estimated)

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$74,403,387 (USA) (18 November 2016)

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$234,018,657 (USA) (24 March 2017)
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A scene was filmed with a shirtless Newt Scamander, which showed off all the scars he had collected on his body during his work with dangerous animals. Eddie Redmayne had worked out considerably before filming, just for that one scene. However, unfortunately for him, the scene was deleted from the final print. See more »

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When Newt, Jacob, Queenie and Tina are at the SQUIRE'S rooftop and are watching the Obscurial cause havoc to the city, Newt gives his suitcase to Tina and asks her to take care of his creatures "in case he doesn't come back", and then gives his book to her and says that "everything they need to know is in his book". Then we see Tina do the same thing to her sister, telling her to "look after them". BUT this time, without giving her the book. If it was a matter of life and death that Newt left them his case AND the book, why wouldn't Tina do the same thing and LEAVE THE BOOK, too. It's visible, very shortly after, that she still has the book in her right hand when she turns to apparate off the rooftop. Later when Mr. Graves is finishing the duel with Tina by throwing a car at her, the book is there in her pocket when she tries to stand up. Then, at the train station the book is still in her pocket, when she starts talking to Credence by saying "Credence no! Don't do this.". See more »

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[first lines]
Newt Scamander: [whispers to his case] Dougal, you settle down now, please. It won't be long.
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An occamy slithers into the film title to form the S in "Beasts". See more »

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Written by J.K. Rowling and Mario Grigorov
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A journey from beginning to end!
15 November 2016 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a spin-off of the highly successful Harry Potter-franchise. Naturally, there were great expectations for this first part of a whole new franchise in the J.K. Rowling's wizarding world and I can honestly say that it delivers everything you would dreamed of.

From minute one the movie gets you on a journey with great visuals, very recognizable music and great performances from Eddie Redmayne and Dan Fogler. From now and then you get the, sometimes funny, sometimes smart references to Harry Potter, but nevertheless is this a movie that can totally stand on it's own.

There are some nitpicks, such as the very long introduction before we start to see what the story is all about and the fact that there were a lot of lines referring to events that were setting up the second or the third movie, but for a film that had to set up the rest of an upcoming franchise it was totally acceptable and not a slight bit tedious.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stands perfect on its own and doesn't need Harry Potter or any of the planned movies to get you invested in its story and yet it is an obligation for every J.K. Rowling wizarding world-fan to go see this movie. The director David Yates found this perfect balance and ended up with a result that has to be seen in theaters by everyone.


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