This is NOT going to be a comparison between the book and the movie adaptation!
Content: Newt Scamander arrives in New York City, not planning to stay for long. Upon disembarking he soon finds himself the target of MACUSA-agent Tina Goldstein after an unfortunate incident with a No-Maj where several magical beasts escape from Newt’s suitcase. While they are busy tracking down the fugitive animals, another, darker power is wreaking havoc in New York and it is up to them to oppose the mysterious magical force.
What a dragon thinks: I have to admit I only read the booklet after I watched the movie and only because I was fascinated by the installation. The trailer had been dissatisfying and didn’t evoke that typical magic-y feeling I was expecting of anything related to Harry Potter. With a pang of disappointment I thought I might have outgrown Harry Potter?! (What a disgrace!) But everything was righted again when I slipped the 3D-glasses on and heard the first tunes of the soothingly familiar soundtrack.
Newton Artemis Fido Scamander, disembarks in New York and sets in motion a series of unfortunate events (hehe). First his cute but quick Niffler escapes and then the No-Maj Jacob Kowalski, accidentally switches his suitcase with Newt.
The Niffler is a British beast. Fluffy, black and long-snouted, this burrowing creature has a predilection for anything glittery.
Rowling, J.K.; Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
The former Auror Tina Goldstein, arrests Newt for endangering the Sorcerer-community to discovery and failing to obliviate Kowalski. When becomes clear, that Kowalski has taken the wrong suitcase and accidentally unleashes several magical beasts into the city, Tina and Newt team up to prevent the worst. We meet Queenie Goldstein, Tina’s sister who is eager to help as well.
Early on in the film we are introduced to Mr. Graves, an Auror for the MACUSA. He is played by Colin Farrell and when I first saw the trailer I was unsure whether he even fit in this world. But as it turns out, his acting was very good and I liked him in his dark and mysterious role.
What I really liked about the film where the little to no references to Harry Potter. They could have stretched it to fit a LOT of stupid references into the plot. Which would have been absolutely ludicrous given the time difference between the two stories. Of course there have to be references or else the story wouldn’t work but don’t force it! I am basically just very very bitter about what they did with the Hobbit-Trilogy, which would/should have been stand-alone as well.
We get to see plenty of magical animals and how Newt takes care of them. He is so caring and sweet to all of them and simply wants them to be safe. Newt is also working hard to prove to his wizard-colleagues that none of the creatures are dangerous and actually need to be protected instead of slain.
We’re gonna recapture my creatures before they get hurt. They are currently in alien terrain surrounded by millions of the most vicious creatures on the planet. Humans.
About the romance: while the love between the main characters only starts to bloom slightly, apparently, a film cannot go without a couple by the time the credits start rolling. The couple – while being cute – got together too fast. But I am VERY picky with romantic relationships in books and films and it is very hard to please me. Star Trek Beyond managed: NO romance.
Favourite characters: Newt, Frank, Jacob, Tina, Queenie, the Niffler, Pickett
Conclusion: I really really liked this film and it threw me right back into my Wizarding World hype, so I am very much locking forward to the other four movies! Nice animation, very creative on the magical beast part as not all of them have descriptions in the booklet. Lovely characters! Watch the romance.