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Review - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
What do you do when you run out of source material for one of the most popular movie franchises in history?

My first guess is you panic.

You panic hard.

Then, once you've gotten to your Douglas Adams place, you take a step back, evaluate the situation and look for ways to expand on the universe.

Maybe the author has written some additional material based in that universe that you could adapt.  Maybe that material involves fantastic beasts.  Maybe you line up an Oscar winning actor to take over as the face of the franchise.

Maybe if you do all those things right you can continue to tell stories that people will pay to see.

I'm glad to report the folks behind the Harry Potter universe did all those things and more with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Fantastic Beasts is based on one of the Potterverse textbooks and introduces us to magical creature wrangler, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he travels from England to America to locate and save some endangered creatures.

The movie is set in the 1920s so there is no chance of an appearance by Harry or the rest of his crew.  Heck, there is only a passing reference to Dumbledore.  These are good things Potterheads.  Instead of spending the duration of the movie paying fan service, Fantastic Beasts finds its own special place in the Potterverse.

I can say without fear of being wrong that Fantastic Beasts is my favorite Potterverse movie simply because it was its own thing.  It, and by extension I, wasn't beholden to a book plot or character beats.  It was allowed to breath and breath life into a new group of characters that I can't wait to spend more time with in the coming years.



Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, and Colin Farrell.

The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose seven beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into one of the highest grossing film franchises of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.  

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is available from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment on Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 2-disc DVD Special Edition everywhere...NOW!
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