I finally saw “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” over the weekend and holy sugar it was amazing!
Seeing magic happening again on the big screen made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Considering it’s been six years since we saw a Harry Potter film in theaters, hearing the opening notes of Hedwig’s theme playing with the Warner Bros. logo at the beginning nearly made me tear up.
The setting was perfect, the characters were brilliant, and just seeing magic and fantasy creatures come alive in the movie was wonderful. If I were a witch in the Harry Potter world, I would be down with having a suitcase that opens up into a magical zoo.
Magical zookeeper. Yes, that would be my job in the wizarding world. As a Hogwarts student, Care of Magical Creatures would have been my favorite class, and I would have loved to help Hagrid and/or Newt smuggle and keep creatures like dragons and thunderbirds.
Besides the imaginative creatures, the characters were my favorite part of the film. Rachel (and her co-workers), being a special education teacher for preschoolers, almost immediately determined that Newt was somehow on the spectrum from the trailers, someone you don’t see on the screen or in books everyday. The best part was that there was nothing said about it, either — no one had treated Newt differently (well, not in that aspect, anyway).
Tina was a hard working career woman in the 1920s, definitely insecure about herself but totally diving in to do the right thing when the time called for it. The relationship between her sister Queenie and Jacob the muggle (or No-Maj, I suppose we Americans call them) was adorable without being forced.
Jacob was, honestly, all of us in the theaters. He was introduced to magic by mistake and his portrayal of wonder and excitement at seeing spells and fantastic creatures echoed with us all. He got his happy, if bittersweet, ending, just as Tina and Queenie did, and I’m curious if any of them will return for some of the Fantastic Beasts sequels.
I certainly hope those of you who did go and see the movie enjoyed it as much as I did!