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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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David Yates

Writer:

J.K. Rowling
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Redmayne ... Newt
Sam Redford Sam Redford ... Customs Official
Scott Goldman ... Customs Official (voice)
Tim Bentinck ... Witness
Tristan Tait Tristan Tait ... Reporter
Colin Farrell ... Graves
Tom Clarke Hill ... Photographer 2 (as Tom Clarke-Hill)
Matthew Sim ... Photographer 1
Katherine Waterston ... Tina
Samantha Morton ... Mary Lou
Dan Fogler ... Jacob Kowalski
Ezra Miller ... Credence Barebone
Faith Wood-Blagrove ... Modesty Barebone
Jenn Murray ... Chastity Barebone
Cory Peterson ... Bank Employee
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Storyline

In mid-20s New York, Newt Scamander, the British young activist wizard, arrives in town, holding a mysterious leather suitcase which shelters a wide array of diverse and magical creatures that exist among us. Amid an already fragile equilibrium of secrecy, and the increasing disasters ascribed to the dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, Newt's precious suitcase will be lost--and to make matters worse--several creatures will manage to escape. Before long, this situation will catch Senior Auror Percival Graves' attention who will target Newt, in the background of an invisible, devastating, and utterly unpredictable menace that still wreaks havoc on 5th Avenue. In the end, is there a hidden agenda behind Graves' intentions; moreover, what will happen to the remaining fantastic beasts still loose in the streets? 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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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Khmer

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,403,387, 20 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$234,037,575

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$814,037,575
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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The term "squib" is used in most of the Harry Potter universe. Unlike other made-up words, a squib is a term for a malfunctioning firearm that misfires so the bullet gets stuck in the barrel. Also used in football, for a kick that goes low and kind of flops around. See more »

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At the scene of a building collapse a cop tells the crowd it isn't a gas explosion because there is no smell of gas. But natural gas is both odorless and colorless, adding odor to the gas was globally adopted after the New London School explosion of 1937. So even if there had been a gas leak or explosion, the cop would not have been able to smell gas. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Newt Scamander: [whispers to his case] Dougal... settle down now, please.
[Dougal grumbles]
Newt Scamander: It won't be long.
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Magical, but very different, successor to the Harry Potter sphere
16 November 2016 | by sossevarvoSee all my reviews

I wasn't sure what to expect from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It smelt curiously of "cash grab" since the Harry Potter films managed to conclude themselves quite perfectly, all the more so considering Warner Brothers preemptively announced four sequels before this film had reached theatres. The best compliment I can give it is that it proved me wrong- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them never feels lazy, or cheap - it's a worthy adventure that will have all but the most cynical revelling in the wonder of the Wizarding World.

The film is fast paced and constantly dishing out new surprises, in the form of beautifully rendered, inventive CGI "beasts," and a number of hilarious, imaginative features of this magical world of New York that successfully create the illusion of being in a different world. There are tons of minute little details that delight in the purest sense. The set of new faces are mostly agreeable, the most likable being Dan Fogler, whose bumbling "non - magi" is a welcome addition. He elevates sometimes silly jokes with expert comedic timing and facial expressions. Katherine Waterston is fine enough, as is her flirtatious sister. And what of star Eddie Redmayne? He is alternately charming and annoying. The character of Newt Scamander is one fully realised by Rowling's script, yet Redmayne's Hugh Grant- esque, crouched delivery is at times grating. Nonetheless he wins you over in the end. I won't say who the villains are, because that plays into the intrigue of the plot, but suffice to say villainous characters were decidedly underused for my taste, and could've used far more development than the already packed script granted them.

In all, this film never quite touches the awe and great characters imbued within each Harry Potter film and book, but it offers many delights nonetheless, and is definitely worth seeing, especially on a big screen, where it looks positively beautiful.


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