By Zoe Sweet
“We’ve all got both LIGHT and DARK inside of us. What matters most is the part we choose to act on, that’s who we really are,” said Sirius Black – one of J.K. Rowling’s many characters. This is a quote J.K. Rowling chose to use in one of her books, and was said by Harry’s Godfather; it is also the theme of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
This movie was an amazing experience that I urge everyone to go see it. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the story of the American Wizarding World before Harry Potter. I believe that J.K. Rowling wrote the movie for the Harry Potter’s generation kids. The teens who grew up with Harry Potter are now old enough to watch “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The movie, with its humorous puns and jokes, had anoverall feel-good mood.
The movie begins with Newt – a British wizard who has an interest in magical creatures – going to New York, with his magical case full of magical creatures.
Newt meets a Non-magic – in London they are called muggles. This man’s name was Jacob, and Newt ends up both befriending him and exposing wizardry to him. Newt and Jacob begin hunting down the magical creatures that Jacob accidently lets loose. On top of the multiple creatures released into the muggle population, there is a mysterious monster on the loose – that Newt did not bring.
In the background of these two plot lines, there are two love stories. Newt meets a girl that is an American wizard lawmaker, who falls for him. Jacob meets the girl’s sister, and they both fall in love as well.
The plot takes several unexpected turns and allows the viewer to continuously be surprised. Throughout the film, each character changed. At first some may say the storylines were unnecessary and undeveloped, but J.K. Rowling wrote it so perfectly that all three story lines grew together. For those who enjoyed the Harry Potter books and movies, you will love “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Throughout the movie, Rowling gives Potter fan answers to some unanswered questions raised in all the books. For those who did not enjoy Harry Potter, I still highly recommend the film because it is a new era for wizards.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was quite long, but still it still felt a little rushed. The writers took a long time developing the plot. There were moments when what was going on was not relevant to the story, and some plot lines could have used more backstory.
The movie premiered in Europe on Nov. 15 and in the United States on Nov. 18. It is rated PG-13, and allows a new group of fans to experience the Magical Wizarding Community.