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Published: Sat, November 26, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Cogill: Harry Potter Fans Will Love "Fantastic Beasts"


The fantastic beasts, wrangled by Oscar victor Eddie Redmayne, have enough magic to satisfy Potter fans, and pre-teens in particular will likely enjoy Rowling's new world. Set in 1920s NY, in a completely different time and place from the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts follows magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he attempts to collect his escaped beasts from the streets of NY while a much darker threat looms in the form of Gellert Grindelwald, a wizard bent on spurring a war between muggles and magic-folk in order to finally put witches and wizards on the top of the food chain.

Here's the part where I give you my bona fides as a Harry Potter fan: I have none.

Next week, we'll bring you more from Farrell, and from co-stars Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, and Katherine Waterston, who dig into Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them's delicious spoilers!

Only time will tell whether the Fantastic Beasts series will live up to its name, but the first movie certainly has enough critters to justify the entire series.

To recover the beasts-at-large, Scamander teams up with Kowalski, and they in turn team up with an ex-Auror named Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), along with her mind-reading sister Queenie (Alison Sudol). The film has a hard task of rethinking a hugely loved and nostalgic world in a context that is broadly unfamiliar - the setting, the ages of the characters and even the language is different. Want to know how the actors interacted with the beasts and what happened when J.K. Rowling visited set?

Fantastic Beasts presents itself with a whole new lovable set of characters - or should I say creatures?

Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne, who, just one year after his Oscar win for The Theory of Everything, gets to create an indelible character and the face of what's sure to be a stupidly successful franchise. All in all, audiences new and old alike are treated to an endearing adventure with the promise of more to come from J.K. Rowling.

And as expected, the cast can't go wrong when you have the talented Redmayne playing Scamander, who is totally in love with magical creatures. But none of it would've been possible without the characters, most notably the three friends at the center of the story.

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