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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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18 November 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Animales fantásticos y dónde encontrarlos  »

Box Office

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$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$74,403,387 (USA) (20 November 2016)

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$234,037,575 (USA)
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Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) portrayed Thomas Babbington in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). His character worked with Rhys Ifans' character in this to carry out the Babbington plot. Rhys Ifans later portrayed Luna's father, Xenophilius Lovegood, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010). J.K. Rowling has confirmed that Luna Lovegood marries Newt Scamander's grandson after Hogwarts. Also, Samantha Morton, who plays Mary Lou Barebone in Fantastic Beasts, portrays Mary Stuart in the Elizabeth movie. See more »

Goofs

When Newt chases one of his creatures through Central Park, the park is covered in snow and people are ice skating on a frozen pond. At any other time directly before or immediately after this scene and throughout the movie, there is no snow anywhere, and people are dressed for moderate weather. See more »

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[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 »

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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #45.10 (2016) See more »

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Blind Pig
Written by J.K. Rowling and Mario Grigorov
Produced by Mario Grigorov
Performed by Emmi
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Deeply disappointing.
23 November 2016 | by (England) – See all my reviews

It is difficult to include spoilers, which presume a plot. There is no proper plot, just a series of loosely connected episodes. There are far too many noisy special effects at contrast with the quiet subtlety of such items in Potter as 'Fluffy' or Quiddiitch. What was even worse was the acting. There wasn't any except for Johnny Depp''s small moment at the end and Eddie Redmayne's ever pleasant charm. But it is Eddie who is charming us, not some unconvincing character called Newt Scamander. If there is to be a series of Newt Scamander films, PLEASE spend the money on the cast and not the effects and PLEASE return to the humanity which were hallmark of the Harry Potter books and also a fundamental reason for their greatly deserved success.


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