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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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From 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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18 November 2016 (USA)  »

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Animales fantásticos y dónde encontrarlos  »

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$180,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$232,803,734 (USA) (10 February 2017)
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Wand-school was obligatory for several of the cast-members. The actors would attend a boot-camp in order to be instructed how to move and use a wand properly. See more »

Goofs

Though the wizards can freely apparate (i.e., teleport) at will, there are at least two instances where they could have--and should have--but don't: When Tina has to sneak Newt and Jacob into her apartment, and later when Goldie has to smuggle all three of them out of the MACUSA Building. This is not a plot hole as is was seen in the Harry Potter universe that it is possible to prevent apparation into certain places. Most prominent into Hogwarts, but also into the Ministry of Magic, which MACUSA resembles. Although this could also explain why Tina did not apparate into her apartment it seems unlikely they had such security in place, but it could be either to not alert her landlady in case she was a No-Maj, by coming and going like that or just that it is generally the normal procedure not to scare anyone inside the hose (her sister in this case) by suddenly appearing by apparating. In the Harry Potter universe Ron's father apparates to the outside and walks in the door. 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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Crazy Credits

An occamy slithers into the film title to form the S in "Beasts". See more »

Connections

Followed by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 (2018) See more »

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You're The Cream In My Coffee
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva,Lew Brown and Ray Henderson
Performed by Ruth Etting
Licensed courtesy of Wyastone Estate Limited, Trading as Retrospective
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Charming and entertaining
18 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

JK Rowling will forever be known as one of the most genius humans to ever live. The fact that she can pen such a detailed and perfect magical world without Harry Potter and the beloved characters we have grown to love, it makes you feel like this world is actually real! This movie is very entertaining and and heartwarming. It's no longer a dark saga of an evil dark wizard trying to kill a young boy, it is an insight into a magical world that is so grand and amazing!

Despite taking place way before our known HP time, there are enough quick and witty references to our known HP world throughout the movie to make Potterheads smile. I went in with less than no expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised. And LOVED IT. And the best part of it all- I've always somewhat disliked the HP movies, because I'm a die-hard fan of the books. The movies never lived up to the books. For Fantastic Beasts, there are no books to compare it to, so there's no room to dislike! Can't wait for the next movies!


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