Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them Book vs. Movie

Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them Book vs. Movie

We went to see the movie the Thursday night before the opening of the movie. It was lots of fun to be surrounded by Harry Potter fans just like us, as everyone was all dressed up in their Harry Potter paraphernalia. The story is compelling and we found ourselves spellbound by it, forgetting everything but the movie. We were excited to delve back into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and were ready to expand past Harry Potter to more of the wizarding world. It had lots of little hints or name drops about other characters that made us instantly want to analyze it and reread the books as well as go and discuss it with friends (who have sadly not seen it yet). It was able to encompass the character of the textbook the movie was based on by giving new context to the Wizarding World as well as branching off to give us new characters to love and follow. It was able to stay true to the textbook in Newt Scamander’s reverence and love of animals as well as through his opinion of none of the magical creatures being dangerous. As an American it was great to see how the Wizarding World works in the United States, although some aspects seemed a little unrealistic with a female president of the Congress of Magic in contrast to the conservative opinions of the rest of the wizards against the non-magic population. It was nice to see a women in power, but the context around it felt a little strange. That being said the efficiency of the Congress was very out of place, because it appeared as if they were able to get things done in a reasonable amount of time. We really enjoyed this movie and can’t wait for the next one to come out, it was like coming home. I would recommend this to everyone, a Harry Potter fan would get the most out of it, but you don’t need to be a Harry Potter fan to thoroughly enjoy it (as it is also a great way to rope in some new Harry Potter fans). The message that JK Rowling sends with what fear of the Other creates is very pertinent to what is happening in our world today. It also makes the movie relatable for years to come, as sadly people are always afraid of what they do not understand.

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