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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 (as Timothy Bentinck)
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Gross USA:

$234,037,575

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$814,037,575
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The magical law to which Newt, Queenie, and Tina allude, which promotes segregation of and prohibits fraternizing between magical and non-magical persons, is a clear reference to the racial segregation laws that were in effect in the USA at the time. In the movie, it is called Rappaport's Law, named after Emily Rappaport, the fifteenth President of MACUSA. According to J.K. Rowling, the law was enacted in 1790, as a result of the breach of International Statute of Secrecy due to the indiscretions of Dorcus Twelvetrees (the daughter of the Aristotle Twelvetrees, the American Magical Secretary of Treasury) and Bartholomew Barebone (a Nomaj, and a Scourer descendant). However, the law is heavily criticized, due to its intense segregation and punishments inflicted upon violation. It is likely that Mary Lou Barebone is a descendant of Bartholomew. In addition to non-fraternization, wands carried by foreign wizards must be registered (seen during Newt's first visit to MACUSA), and students at Ilvermorny must surrender their wands at the school before leaving for their holidays. The law would only be repealed in 1965. See more »

Goofs

Every man in the movie wears a hat when outdoors (common dress for 1926), except for the three chief male characters - Newt Scamander, Jacob Kowalski, and Percival Graves, who never ever do. While Newt and Graves are wizards, whose fashion sense can differ from that of Muggles, Jacob does not have this excuse. However, Jacob is quite socially awkward. 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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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

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 Expansion of Harry Potter Universe
19 November 2016 | by paul_s_hillsSee all my reviews

This is my first review on IMDb. I felt compelled to do so after reading Empire's underwhelming 3 Star review (does their opinion count for anything any more?), then going on to watch the movie myself last night.

It was excellent. Heart-warming and charming with extremely likable lead characters. The story wasn't too heavy - enough to keep things ticking along - though there were plenty of "Easter Eggs" and satisfying references to other known HP people & places (Grindelwald, Le Strange, Hogwarts, Dumbledore etc)

The Special FX were pretty amazing - most of the Magical Creatures were well realized and convincing. There was plenty of humour throughout, while the music....I am not sure if other have mentioned it....but the movie's soundtrack is just as fantastic as those wonderful beasts!

Highly recommended.


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