A Muggle’s Take on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


Going into J.K. Rowling’s newest project I was extremely excited, but didn’t know what to expect. The only thing I knew about Fantastic Beasts was that the main character Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, who was the author of the fictional book used in the wizarding community within the world of Harry Potter. The book was later published for our enjoyment and listed many magical beasts and provided a guide on how to interact with them.

Even though I didn’t know what to expect, I was more than pleasantly surprised. As the Warner Barnes logo appeared and the familiar tune started playing I felt like I was twelve all over again. I was home.

The film was 133 minutes, but the time flew thanks to the intriguing plot, charismatic characters, and the familiarity of the wizard world. I liked being introduced to the American wizarding community and seeing the differences between them and the Brits. There was some new vocabulary used, such as calling Muggles No-Majs, that took a little while to get used to, but when I heard the first spell cast, I was so happy that I knew what it meant. The setting and the costumes transported me back to the 1920s. Eddie Redmayne was adorable and a joy to watch. He made me instantly trust him and go on this adventure with him. My favorite character has to be Jacob Kowalski, played by Dan Fogler, who was hilarious as he found out about magic.

My only complaint was that I wanted a little more character development on the main characters. I was surprised that wizards could have powers, such as reading minds or seeing the future. Everyone in the film made this seem really normal, but I couldn’t remember if this was a thing in the original series. I also wanted more background information on Newt. He’s such a great character that I wanted to know more about his time at Hogwarts. Things slipped out, but it was random information that was not embellished on. I’m sure we’ll find out more now that the series has gone from a trilogy to five films in all.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is currently in theaters and you can buy the script in stores.
Before seeing the film enjoy this PSA where Eddie Redmayne advocates for awareness for Hufflepuffs.