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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them exceeded my already high expectations

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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The latest spin-off of the Harry Potter series will evoke nostalgia among Potterheads alike.

The Potterhead in me squealed when I heard a new rendition of the familiar Harry Potter soundtrack ringing in my ears.

I felt like I was transported to 2011, when all the Potterheads sobbed over the end of the last movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Honestly, I had high expectations for the latest Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemAt the end of the 133-minute movie, I was blown away.

The storyline was executed well with its brilliant script (I guess we could always trust J.K. Rowling with the job – she happens to be one of the movie's producers too!) and fantastic acting.

Directed by David Yates, who helmed the final four Harry Potter movies, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set in 1926, many years before the birth of Harry Potter.

Main protagonist Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne), who later became the author of the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, travels to New York with his suitcase of magical creatures.

He meets Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein (played by Katherine Waterston), who formerly worked at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), Tina's attractive sister, Queenie Goldstein (played by Alison Sudol), and Jacob Kowalski (played by Dan Fogler), a happy-go-lucky No-Maj who aspires to be a baker.

Main characters
THE ACQUAINTANCES BOND THROUGH LIFE THREATENING CIRCUMSTANCES.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: JACOB, TINA, QUEENIE, AND NEWT.

After Jacob mistakenly opens Newt's suitcase full of magical creatures, the four go on an epic adventure to restore these creatures, with MACUSA at their pursuit.

The best part about this highly anticipated prequel? It has to be the subtle throwbacks from the previous eight movies in the Harry Potter franchise.

There were references about Hogwarts and Dumbledore. Though Americans address non-wizards as "No-Majs", it was pleasing to hear Newt using the British term "Muggles".

Also, how long has it been when we last heard the term "Merlin's beard"? When Newt uttered the phrase favoured by wizards, it totally gave me the feels. It probably rekindled some sort of magical burning flame in me.

The graphics in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are comparable with the Harry Potter movies. The title itself suggested an abundance of magical creatures, and the movie truly delivered.

Magical creature
WHAT IS A MOVIE ABOUT FANTASTIC BEASTS WITHOUT FANTASTIC BEASTS?

David Yates brought us on a first-hand experience in Newt's suitcase of magical creatures, featuring a fantasy world with different seasons and weathers made by computer-generated imagery (CGI).

Seeing magical creatures from the book coming to life, such as the emotionally attached Bowtruckle and gold-digging Niffler, made me feel like I was part of the majestic atmosphere of the wizarding world.

Bowtruckle
THE INTROVERTED NEWT WAS MORE COMFORTABLE
WITH HIS MAGICAL CREATURES THAN WITH HUMANS.

Amidst the intensity of wizard fights and light-hearted chuckle-inducing moments, the movie also packed a punch in the humour department – another signature trait from the Harry Potter franchise.

There were several scenes that left the audience roaring with laughter. Do keep a look out for Jacob. His confused yet pure hearted personality shone throughout the movie, and I find him impossible not to adore.

Jacob Kowalski
AS JACOB OFTEN WEARS HIS HEART ON HIS SLEEVE, IT CAN BE PRETTY AMUSING!
PHOTO CREDITS: WARNER BROS. PICTURES

If I had to pick out a flaw, it would be the sudden appearance of antagonist Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp). Without prior knowledge, one might be confused with his motives and what he is after.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an adventurous, funny, and heart-warming movie that will reignite your passion for J.K. Rowling's wizarding world. I cannot wait to see what the other four movies in this spin-off have to offer.

Potterheads, you are in for a treat!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (rated PG-13) opens in cinemas today.