• Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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    After a long time, J.K. Rowling finally showcased her Harry Potter prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, on November 18th. Wizards, witches, and muggles teleported, went by floo powder, or walked in to their nearest movie theatre to follow Newt Scamander’s adventures in the unknown land of 1926 New York, with his briefcase and pocket Bowtruckle. Muggles are now “no-majs” (non-magical people) the Ministry of Magic is now “MCUSA” (Magical Congress of the United States of America), and Hogwarts is now “Ilvermorny.” Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a delightful prequel to the Harry Potter world, initially being a book Harry Potter had read from the library at Hogwarts written by the main character of the films.

    Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, has a very soft spoken and shy personality considering he chases down magical beasts for a living, though it's clear he’s just like any crazy animal lover. You will woo over his nurturing actions, laugh at his sarcasm, and find yourself immersed in a different world. There is also an ex-auror (highly trained magical officers), a ligament (can delve into people’s minds), a no-maj who only wanted to own a bakery, and an adopted child who has to hide his magical abilities from his adoptive anti-magic mother. Of course, there are beasts, creatures, and a suitcase that can fit entire communities of animals as well.

    David Yates, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell and Ezra Miller speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Photo from Wikimedia.

    David Yates, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell and Ezra Miller speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Photo from Wikimedia.

    The film also showcases a forbidden love between a witch and a no-maj, how people can effectively help kids of abuse, and the long list of things that need to be done to take care of thousands of magical creatures that live inside a suitcase. The care given to every detail, and the plot that flows evenly without inconsistencies add the “magical-ness” that I hoped would return one day.

    Unlike the Harry Potter films, all the characters are adults, however the film was just as relatable as the previous films. To those who have read “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, the play about Harry Potter’s children, and are familiar to the world of Harry Potter,  the film settles it once and for all; J.K. Rowling’s universe is complex, filled with a history, and wizards and witches who did great things. I found myself exposed to something completely different from Harry Potter, and I am still completely in love with Rowling’s work.

    David Yates, the director of both the Harry Potter movies and the Fantastic Beasts movies, is planning to create another magical series out of the current installment. There will be eight movies for Fantastic Beasts, the next film yet to be announced.

    With a 76% rotten tomatoes, and a box office of $132 million globally, the film is fun, exciting, and capturing to the world. Anyone who hasn’t yet entered the magical community can enjoy the film, while the rest of fandom can fangirl their hearts out once again about the interesting lives of magical people. This is one fantasy movie that will remind you that you don’t have to be a wizard to live a magical life.

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    Ana Pirosca is a sophomore and returning member to Malden High School’s Blue and Gold. Pirosca is looking forward to working with different people in the class and doing more video work. She was born in Cluj Napoca, Romania, but was raised mostly in the United States; Kansas for 5 years, after which left for Boston when she was 7 years old. The way she describes her own personality is very goofy, pretty awkward and sometimes others see her as overly serious but she just spends a lot of time thinking. Her favorite movies are the Harry Potter series and she just recently got into the TV show Game of Thrones. She enjoys listening to music and manly listens to classics. She also did cross country and outdoor track during her freshman year, but is thinking of only doing crew this year. Pirosca went to Forestdale until 7th grade and transferred to Linden for 8th grade. Academically, her biggest achievement was organizing the psychology club.

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