Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
18 Nov 2016
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Within the Harry Potter universe, Newt Scamander’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was first published in 1927, and became a massive bestseller, as well as an approved textbook at Hogwarts. By the mid-1990s, when the Harry Potter series is set, it was in its 52nd edition. Scamander also has the distinct honor of having his own Chocolate Frog Card.
Prior to filming, Eddie Redmayne was provided with a very detailed backstory, which J.K. Rowling revealed exclusively to him.
Eddie Redmayne was the only choice for the lead role, according to J.K. Rowling. Redmayne didn’t have to audition, and he took part in the other casting decisions.
Was originally intended to be a trilogy,
but as of October 2016, it has been confirmed to be a five part movie franchis
The story of how Newt was expelled from Hogwarts,
is very similar to the story as to why Hagrid was expelled in 1942, as detailed in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). Both involve “accidents” regarding a dangerous magical creature, although it is unclear whether or not Newt was rightfully accused, unlike Hagrid, who was framed by Tom Riddle.
The name “Newt Scamander” appears…
on the Marauder’s Map in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
The film cast includes
two Oscar winners: Eddie Redmayne and Jon Voight; and two Oscar nominees: Samantha Morton and Johnny Depp.
Credence Barebone’s character is similar to Carrie White in Steven King’s “Carrie”.
Both characters are considered outcasts in their societies and live with an abusive parent or guardian (adoptive mother in Credence’s case, and biological mother in Carrie’s case). They also possess powerful, if horrifically destructive magic, which is unleashed when stressed or enraged (fueled by suppression and the Obscurous in Credence’s case, and fueled by rage in Carrie’s case).
Platform 9 3/4
At one point, Newt apparates out of a pillar between two platforms in the subway, reminiscent of platform 9 3/4, where students headed towards Hogwarts must run through a pillar, in order to catch the Hogwarts Express
In one secret meeting between Graves and Credence Barebones
, Graves gifts him a charm which can summon him, should Credence need help. The charm is the symbol of the Deathly Hallows. In the Harry Potter books it is also understood to be the mark Grindelwald once identified with in his terrorism campaign in the 1920s.
Travelling as smoke
It is later revealed that the point-of-view shots of someone gliding through the city is Graves travelling as smoke. Travelling as smoke in the films is associated with the dark arts, as the only other people that have been seen traveling in this way in this fictional universe are Death Eaters and Voldemor
Frank, the giant hawk-like bird..
Newt shows to Jacob while touring around his menagerie of fantastic beasts, is a Thunderbird. Thunderbirds are mythical birds that create, and are summoned by lightning in Native American folklore, hence how Frank is summoned in his first appearance in the movie, and flies into the storm cloud during the climax.
RT/Meta Critic Review
In all, the movie is a cunning and peppy surprise, dulled only by the news that no less than four sequels await.(Click here to see)