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

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J.K. Rowling
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Redmayne ... Newt
Sam Redford ... Customs Official
Scott Goldman ... Customs Official (voice)
Tim Bentinck ... Witness (as Timothy Bentinck)
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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In mid-1920s New York, Newt Scamander, a British young activist wizard, arrives in the city, holding a mysterious leather suitcase that shelters 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 goes missing, and to make matters worse, several creatures manage to escape. Before long, this unforeseen complication catches Senior Auror Percival Graves' attention who targets Newt, against the backdrop 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 that are still on the loose? 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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Ilvermorny is the name of the American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the counterpart of Hogwarts in the UK. According to a deleted scene, it is located in Massachusetts See more »

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Manhattan didn't allow overhead wires, so streetcars used a conduit (an electrified third rail situated in a slot between the rails) to get electricity. Though the streetcars are correctly depicted lacking trolley poles, the conduit is not present. See more »

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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 »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bill Burr/Jack White (2020) See more »

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Hedwig's Theme
by John Williams
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Oops! What can I say?
24 November 2016 | by somersetboySee all my reviews

I kept waiting to engage with either the characters or with one of the beasts. Such an engagement was not forthcoming. I like Eddie Redmayne, so it is nothing to do with him. So much emphasis on creating this alternate world that the basics of filmmaking appear to have been sacrificed. Never does anyone look into you, the screen, and speak. There is never any eye contact. You do not feel attached to Eddie's character. Even my children were squirming in the seats and looking around bored. They wanted food and said they were hungry. The movie therefore appears to fail both children and adults like me. My 12yo son who is a mega Harry Potter fan could not engage with the movie. "I like reading J K Rowling's books but I am not sure about this one" is what he said. What he means is that, after having watched the movie, it has put him off the book as well.

I got up to get food for the kids, they followed me and were more keen on ice creams and sweets rather than getting back to the screen to what happened next. So much for fantastic pointless beasts. If you liked Harry Potter then that is not a guarantee that you will like this one. That is for sure. If you liked The Lord of Rings and sat through the trilogy, then you may have what it takes to sit through this one. Perhaps looking at this as a movie nothing to do with Harry Potter might help. If your children do not get attached to the movie then don't be surprised.


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Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them See more »

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Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,403,387, 20 November 2016

Gross USA:

$234,037,575

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$814,044,001
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