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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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Storyline

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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From 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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18 November 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,403,387, 20 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$234,037,575

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$814,037,575
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Although they are excluded from the film versions, Harry and his classmates study both bowtruckles and nifflers in their Care of Magical Creatures class in the novels Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This film marks the first time they are seen on-screen. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Newt Scamander: [whispers to his case] Dougal... settle down now, please.
[Dougal grumbles]
Newt Scamander: It won't be long.
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Crazy Credits

An occamy slithers into the film title to form the S in "Beasts". See more »


Soundtracks

Diga Diga Doo
Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Licensed courtesy of Decca Records France
Under License from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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A journey from beginning to end!
15 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a spin-off of the highly successful Harry Potter-franchise. Naturally, there were great expectations for this first part of a whole new franchise in the J.K. Rowling's wizarding world and I can honestly say that it delivers everything you would dreamed of.

From minute one the movie gets you on a journey with great visuals, very recognizable music and great performances from Eddie Redmayne and Dan Fogler. From now and then you get the, sometimes funny, sometimes smart references to Harry Potter, but nevertheless is this a movie that can totally stand on it's own.

There are some nitpicks, such as the very long introduction before we start to see what the story is all about and the fact that there were a lot of lines referring to events that were setting up the second or the third movie, but for a film that had to set up the rest of an upcoming franchise it was totally acceptable and not a slight bit tedious.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stands perfect on its own and doesn't need Harry Potter or any of the planned movies to get you invested in its story and yet it is an obligation for every J.K. Rowling wizarding world-fan to go see this movie. The director David Yates found this perfect balance and ended up with a result that has to be seen in theaters by everyone.


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