Episode 9: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them (2016)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Directed by David Yates. Warner Bros., 2016.

Pre-Screening Sips

  • When this movie first came out, I distinctly remember not being thrilled with a non-Potter wizard movie, but ended up enjoying the movie
  • That being said, I have not seen this since my first watch, nor do I think I’ve really even thought about the series since

Post-Screening Snippets

  • The incredibly monotone New York color scheme does effectively convey that we’re in a non-magical setting, but it’s also pretty dull
  • Okay, wow, I forgot just how adorable the Niffler is and how much I relate to its unceasing quest for shiny things
  • The Second-Salemers family is incredibly creepy, and the worst collection of haircuts put to screen
  • Queenie is the absolute best part of this movie by at least seven miles
  • The sequence where we’re introduced to all of the fantastic beasts is lovely, though the creatures are much uglier than most of the critters we see around Hogwarts
  • The slow-motion Niffler capture is an exquisite scene that is both beautifully filmed and hilarious
  • The man who snorts across a snowy ground in order to attract a bulbus rhino has an actual Academy Award
  • The death of the politician is one of the most violent deaths in the Wizarding World
  • Eddie Redmayne does an awful lot of mouth acting for someone who doesn’t have any lips
  • Someone is going to need to explain why sometimes the wizards can apparate and sometimes they run – why would you ever run? Running is awful?
  • Ezra Miller is fabulous in every sense of the word, but I have literally no idea how old he is supposed to be in this movie
  • How is this movie going to another type of smoke monster villain?
  • Literally every time Jon Voight showed up, I thought “Jon Voight is in this?!”
  • The queer symbolism of Credence’s repression is the most interesting thing happening in this movie
  • What an unbelievable downgrade to go from being Colin Farrell to Johnny Depp?
  • For the first film in a series, this movie has like twelve endings

The Final Potion

            Harry Potter and the Wait Harry Potter Isn’t In This One is a good movie. However, it’s nothing particularly special. It does not capture the magical essence of the Harry Potter series, but there’s some fun to be had. If you like a parade of CGI critters, it’s a fun ride.

GRADE: B

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