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 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 the wizarding world before Harry Potter. See more »


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

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Alison Sudol, singer in the band "A Fine Frenzy", was working on a new solo album while filming. On her days off from the film set in London, she would take the train to Bristol to continue working on the record. See more »

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After bringing Jacob into his suitcase, Newt opens the door to his shed and beckons for him to follow him. In the next shot, Jacob opens the door a second time, even though it wasn't heard closing. See more »

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[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 »


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Hedwig's Theme
by John Williams
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No story & too much CGI
22 November 2016 | by antoniokowatschSee all my reviews

I have to say that I am really disappointed of the movie as a whole. The Harry Potter movies are easily one of the best and most rewatchable movie franchises so far. And this movie is sadly nothing like the original HP movies. The only thing that is has in common are the special effects (for the apparitions). There was no real dialogue between the characters. Just silly one-liners and the occasional humorous remark. I am also very angered by the fact that they just introduced a new concept (obscurials) to the HP franchise that would literally change everything (if obscurials exist why hasn't Harry Potter become one? After all he fits the criteria).

There was also way too much CGI in the movie. It became a real nuisance after a while. Especially because it wasn't even "up to today's standards".

My final critique concerns the overall flair of the movie. It just didn't feel like it belongs to the magnum opus that is the HP movie franchise. And righteously so; why did they film it in NYC? The HP franchise is the most British thing since James Bond and Doctor Who. I never really realized it before but now that I watched this movie it became very clear to me. You can't just change the location like this and expect the audience to embrace it. Sorry. What's next? Fantastic Beasts in Japan? No thanks. We already have that, it's called Kaiju.


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UK | USA

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Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$814,044,001
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