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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

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Holding a mysterious leather suitcase in his hand, Newt Scamander, a young activist wizard from England, visits New York while he is on his way to Arizona. Inside his expanding suitcase hides a wide array of diverse, magical creatures that exist among us, ranging from tiny, twig-like ones, to majestic and humongous ones. It is the middle of the 20s and times are troubled since the already fragile equilibrium of secrecy between the unseen world of wizards and the ordinary or "No-Maj" people that the MACUSA Congress struggles to maintain, is at risk of being unsettled. In the meantime, the voices against wizardry keep growing with daily protests led by Mary Lou Barebone and fuelled by the increasing disasters ascribed to a dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. At the same time, by a twist of fate, Newt's precious suitcase will be switched with the identical one of an aspiring No-Maj baker, Jacob Kowalski, while demoted Auror, Tina Goldstein, arrests Newt for being an unregistered wizard. To... Written by Nick Riganas

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Explore a new era of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Animales fantásticos y dónde encontrarlos  »

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$180,000,000 (estimated)

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$74,403,387 (USA) (18 November 2016)

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$233,948,968 (USA) (17 March 2017)
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The magical law that Newt, Queenie, and Tina alludes that prohibits fraternizing between a magical person and a no-magical person is called Rappaport's Law, named after Emily Rappaport, the 15th President of MACUSA. According to J.K. Rowling, the law was enacted in 1790 as a result of the breach of International Statute of Secrecy due to the indiscretions of Dorcus Twelvetrees (the daughter of the Aristotle Twelvetrees, the American Magical Secretary of Treasury) and Bartholomew Barebone (a no-Maj and a Scourer descendant). However, the law is heavily criticized due to its intense segregation and punishments inflicted upon violation. It is likely that Mary Lou Barebone (Samantha Morton) is a descendant of Bartholomew. In addition to non-fraternization, wands carried by foreign wizards must be registered (seen during Newt's first visit to MACUSA), students at Ilvermorny must surrender their wands at the school before leaving for their holidays. The law would only be repealed in 1965. See more »

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When Scamander arrives in New York, the Immigration officer takes his passport then turns it sideways to examine it. The old blue British passport did not have pages that were oriented sideways. See more »

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[first lines]
Newt Scamander: [whispers to his case] Dougal, you settle down now, please. It won't be long.
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You're The Cream In My Coffee
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva,Lew Brown and Ray Henderson
Performed by Ruth Etting
Licensed courtesy of Wyastone Estate Limited, Trading as Retrospective
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Absolute Rubbish, no story, no characters, just special effects
25 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is unbelievable that JK Rowling's name is even attached to this film.

The discipline and thought that went into the Harry Potter characters and story certainly wasn't applied to this catastrophe, which, like the Hobbit and so many other Hollywood regurgitation(s), merely seeks massive profits by piggybacking on a successful franchise while being utterly devoid of substance.

It isn't even worth going into detail. There is only one truly likable character, though you can't relate to ANY character as we know absolutely nothing about them, nor do they have any developed relationships with each other.

The entire script is built around the magical creatures doing damage to NYC, again, a ridiculous premise, as the damage is massive and there is no backlash. The complicated boundaries between the magical and non-magical worlds and people, so well laid out in HP, are completely absent. The most ridiculous example of idiotic, careless detail is that for most of the scenes on the streets of NYC, it is practically a ghost town, whereas in reality, NYC in the 1920s was nearly as densely populated as it is now. Perhaps more so, not worth it to fact check this.

And Eddie Redmayne as the lead was totally inaccessible, not engaging and half of his speech literally unintelligible. Fully one third into the movie it is finally established that he, the lead character, is closer to magical creatures than humans, but by then, not only do we not care about him or like him, but really the script gives him not ONE real relationship wherein to show forth his character. Who is he? Where does he come from? We don't know. Anyway, a horrible choice for a lead character, someone who has no emotional connection to any characters. Even his relations to the animals is explored surface level, there is no one relationship with anyone or anything that develops throughout the story and makes the audience care about the character. Only superficial plot-related details are given and there is no emotional or human life at all.

This is the same way all the characters, every single one, is treated. They are merely 2 dimensional props, there to perpetuate a plot that is mostly centered around special effects and hubris action, magical creatures rampaging here and there, and, as I said, unrealistically, going on undetected.

Literally, not one shining point to this film. Another disgrace to storytelling, devoid of all substance and creativity, pumped out of the Warner Bros fecal-making factory. Utterly disappointed.


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