IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Once upon a time in a movie a character called Harry Potter was reading a book by the legendary magical author Newt Scamander titled “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. This movie that is based in or around the 1920’s in the USA gives a little backstory into the events that would go into that book.
When due to accidental bag switch that occurs, some of the fantastic beasts escape, and begin to cause some minor chaos amongst the downtown city of New York. All the while there is another unexplained creature that has been terrorising the city. The Senior Auror by the name of Graves (as if that doesn’t give away his intentions) is very interested in pinning everything on Newt, including the mysterious and exceptionally dangerous Obscurial, a creature born of the burying inside of ones magical talents.
The magic community in America (known as the Congress of Magic – very American sounding really isn’t it?) is just desperate to avoid exposure and the beginning of war between the magic and non-maj’s (the American term for Muggles).
The best scene (in my opinion) is near the end when they are farewelling Jacok Kowalski during his obfuscation (is that a word? I feel it should be a word) as they all come out of the underground.
Enough said, even if you aren’t much of a Harry Potter fan, this is worth seeing.