Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

David Yates
Running Time
133 mins

The Hobbit to the Lord of the Rings that was the Harry Potter series, this first part of a projected trilogy from the JK Rowling industry is something of a prequel.

Set decades before the squitty Potter lad shows up at Hogwarts, it’s the tale of eccentric ‘Magizoologist’ Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who embarks on a mission to catalogue Potterworld’s critters. On arrival in New York in 1926, his magically expanded briefcase disgorges a number of dangerous beasts. This heightens tensions between wizardy and non-wizardy folks and proves something of a gift to the extremist New Salem Philanthropic Society, which is bent on eradicating witches and wizards altogether.

By robin askew, Thursday, Mar 9 2017

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