Cogill: Harry Potter Fans Will Love “Fantastic Beasts”

If you are a Harry Potter fan, and I am, you will love this film. "Fantastic Beasts," is based on the 2001 book by author J.K. Rowling, and the film is well-connected to the Harry Potter series.

"Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them," takes place in the 1920's with Eddie Redmayne just right as Newt the wizard from England arriving in America with a mysterious suitcase filled with creatures, some of them get loose, and wouldn't you know it, that doesn't sit well with those who are anti-wizard.

Colin Farrell plays, Percival Graves, an intimidating figure with a secret out to destroy Newt, but the centerpiece of this movie rests in the fact that wizards and creatures, although imperfect, have a lot to offer society and there is a wonderful sense of joy and whimsy when it works.

"Fantastic Beasts" is based on the 2001 novel by J.K. Rowling, this is her first screenplay based on her own material and everything seems to be in good hands with Potter director, David Yates. He weaves in and out of detail with a sense of both wonderment and dread, and technically his latest is as good as any of the Harry Potter films.

The more I think about, "Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them," the better it gets, it's an intense PG-13 movie filled with visual surprises and is magical in spirit. Wizards, witches, and muggles can get along, but it's complicated and it's going to take some time. This is a good start to a promising series.

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