The point is simple: you can’t watch a David Yates film based off of J.K. Rowling’s series without immediately comparing it to Harry Potter.
Although, yes, it is basically the same world in which the protagonist is a cute British boy trying to find his way through life and what he does with his comrades by his side- you have to realize that Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them will not have pronunciation corrections of Leviosa to Leviosa.
The film was released Nov. 18 and directed by David Yates, who had also directed the previous three Harry Potter films.
This film will, however, refer to “muggles” as “no-maj”, pronounced no-madge, as if saying “no magic.”
The film, starring Eddie Redmayne – from the Theory of Everything – as Newt Scamander, travels to New York with suspicious luggage containing magical creatures.
His goal, like all good British protagonists, is to go to Arizona and set one of his creatures free in its home, but of course, complications get in the way, including the strict American laws on magic, and the adventurous creatures that escape while the luggage is opened.
Somehow, Scamander finds himself with three Americans friends- two witch sisters, Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie Goldstein (Fine Frenzy), and a charismatic “no-maj,” Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler)- to help and guide him through his adventures.
Instead of he-who-must-not-be-named and those creepy Dementors, the villains in the film are briefly, yet shockingly, exposed, leaving an unresolved ending after the revelation of an all-too-familiar face.
The brief mention of the “Lestrange” surname is mentioned too, leaving one to wonder, could our Harry Potter be more involved in Fantastic Beasts than we think? Or could the mention of one of Lord Voldemort’s most loyal followers’ ancestor be a mere coincidence?
Nevertheless, despite the harsh comparisons to our beloved Harry Potter series, it must be understood that Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them, is its own film, and there could not be a way to make a better start to a whole new series.