On November 18, Potterheads all around were going crazy over the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This film is a somewhat prequel to the acclaimed and glorious Harry Potter series. This movie’s storyline doesn’t really overlap to the Harry Potter characters’ lives or timelines. The story takes place in 1926 in New York City and is focused on a new character, Newt Scamander. To connect the magic world of J.K. Rowling’s brilliant mind to the world we all know, there is a mention of the more Puritan view of witches and wizards in the movie.
The movie appeared to do quite well getting a 6.8 out of 10 on the credible Rotten Tomatoes, with 83% audience approval.
Graceland student, Jayne Welch, enjoyed the film as well.
“I consider myself a huge HP nerd, and when it ended my heart was really sad. Fantastic Beasts made the nerd inside me so happy, and I cried when I saw the first trailer. I cannot express how much I loved it,” Welch said.
The characters of the film received a lot of praise. Newt Scamander was played by the adored (and adorable) Eddie Redmayne. You probably have heard of him from one of his many successful films such as Les Misérables, The Theory of Everything, and The Danish Girl.
Joshua Hill, another student at Graceland, saw the movie over Thanksgiving Break.
“Overall I really liked it. It was definitely a lot different than the Harry Potter series. I loved the fact that one of the main characters was just an extremely average guy with no remarkable abilities besides his baking skills!” Hill said.
J.K. Rowling has been celebrated for her ability to write relatable and incredibly human characters regardless of their species (wizard, giant centaur).
The official twitter account for the Fantastic Beasts film tweeted on October 13 announcing that four more movies made following the release of the first film. This fact has been very well received by fans from around the world and Graceland campus, including Jayne Welch.
“The ending set it up for about four more movies, and, holy crap, the ending blew my mind! I am so happy to see what will happen in the next couple movies. I have an idea of where it will go, and I hope to see it!”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Coliseum Theater at 100 North Maple Street, Lamoni. The film is rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence. It runs for 132 minutes.
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