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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them draws on Harry Potter's rich mythology to deliver a spinoff that dazzles with franchise-building magic all its own.

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This spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise jumps back in time to explore the wizarding world of 1926 New York, which is being threatened by both mystical acts of destruction and a group of extremist No-Majs (the American term for Muggles, i.e. those unable to use magic). Author Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in the city as part of a global study of fantastic beasts, but he gets caught up in this conflict when some of the magical creatures in his care are accidentally released. Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, and Johnny Depp co-star in this fantasy adventure, which was directed by David Yates (who helmed four of the Harry Potter films) and adapted for the screen by J.K. Rowling from her own book.

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Cast

Eddie Redmayne
as Newt Scamander
Katherine Waterston
as Porpentina Goldstein/ Tina
Alison Sudol
as Queenie Goldstein
Dan Fogler
as Jacob Kowalski
Colin Farrell
as Percival Graves
Ezra Miller
as Credence Barebone
Jon Voight
as Shaw Senior
Carmen Ejogo
as Seraphina Picquery
Ron Perlman
as Gnarlak
Sam Redford
as Customs Official
Tim Bentinck
as Witness
Tristan Tait
as Reporter
Tom Clarke-Hill
as Photographer 2
Mathew Sim
as Photographer 1
Faith Wood-Blagrove
as Modesty Barebone
Jenn Murray
as Chastity Barebone
Corey Peterson
as Bank Employee
Lucie Pohl
as Secretary
Peter Breitmayer
as Mr. Bingley
Jake Samuels
as Bank Guard
Max Cazier
as Young Man
Christy Meyers
as Guide-Inside Macusa
Christy Meyer
as Guide-Inside Macusa
Guy Paul
as Auror 2
Kevin Guthrie
as Mr. Abernathy
Leo Heller
as Boy with Birthmark
Anne Wittman
as Housewife
Erick Hayden
as Policeman
Ronan Raftery
as Langdon Shaw
Josh Cowdery
as Henry Shaw Jr./Senator Shaw
Ellie Haddington
as Mrs. Esposito
Joseph Macnab
as Police Officer 1
Bart Edwards
as Police Officer 2
Todd Boyce
as Announcer
Martin Oelbermann
as Heinrich Eberstadt
Gemma Chan
as Madam Ya Zhou
Richard Clothier
as British Envoy
Christian Dixon
as Momolu Wotorson
Akin Gazi
as Auror 3
Elizabeth Moynihan
as Executioner 1
Miquel Brown
as Executioner 2
Cristian Solimeno
as Executioner 3
Matthew Wilson
as Sam the Obliviator
Brian Mulvey
as Watchman
Aretha Ayeh Emmi
as Singer The Blind Pig Speakeasy
Nick McGaughey
as Australian Wizard
Sean Cronin
as Nearby Criminal
Zoë Kravitz
as Lestrange
Arinze Kene
as Auror 6
Jane Perry
as Female Customer in Bakery
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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

All Critics (271) | Top Critics (49)

In all, the movie is a cunning and peppy surprise, dulled only by the news that no less than four sequels await.

November 21, 2016 | Full Review…

To its considerable credit, Fantastic Beasts is not the Potter retread it could easily-and very profitably-have been.

November 20, 2016 | Full Review…

The film strains considerably under the weight of all its plot lines-it's never fun to be the movie with the origin story.

November 18, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Rowling has a voluminous imagination and Yates keeps things humming along, although, as was also true of many Potter movies, there is often too much of a good thing.

November 18, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

At least the monsters, when compared with their co-stars, have some personality.

November 18, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A lavish visual feast that nonetheless fails to cast any new spells over its audience.

November 18, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

There's a lot to recommend. This should satisfy both Harry Potter fans and fantasy enthusiasts as well. Director David Yates is back. He brings his quirky aesthetic to this new film and the touch is welcome. He directed the last four installments of the Harry Potter series and he will direct all 5 of these films as well. On the other hand, Steve Kloves, who adapted every Potter movies except Order of the Phoenix, is only a producer here. This time the script is penned by none other than author Dame J. K. Rowling herself. This is her first screenplay. She pretty much had free reign to adapt her work any way she saw fit. We get a wandering two-hour plus movie from a meager story thread. Fantastic Beasts is a suitably accomplished escapist adventure. However the attempts to mix upbeat fantasy with something more sinister, fall flat. At best, the tale is a fanciful stroll through a dreamlike world. Nicely photographed, with a lush score and special effects galore; these all unite to create an occasionally bewitching imaginary universe. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

½

The magic franchise reboots with enough CGI to power a Jurassic Park reboot. The story and characterizations are thin but let's not be such whiny and spoiled consumers. Take what's good about the thing and go home and be happy.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Dedicated Harry Potter fans are more likely to feel underwhelmed by this extension of the wizarding world! The films multiple plot lines and side details aren't substantial enough to make this movie feel magical! An opening movie has to stand as the lead up to the sequels so fingers crossed for the 5 additional movies!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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