Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

15 Dec

We’ve all been looking for the fantastic beasts and the wonderful universe of the wizarding world since the last Harry Potter movie came out. Warner Brothers is finally giving us what we want next year, or so we hope.

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Just a smitch
The announcement trailer for the movie ‘Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them’ was released today and it looks promising. The story is about Newt Scamander, who travels to New York with a suitcase full of magical creatures. He left it open, “just a smidge” he says, but enough to let some of the beasts out. That’s all we know for now. From the trailer, it seems likely that Newt will get in trouble with the ministry of magic in New York and will have to find and capture the creatures.

Harry Potter fans assemble!
The trailer is obviously set up to target the Harry Potter loving audience. Even though there are no characters from the Harry Potter universe and the movie takes places somewhere else, we’re all immediately back into the same wizarding world. The trailer starts with the words ‘Lumos Maxima’, a well-known spell used to create a source of light. Then, like in the beginning of most Harry Potter movies, we zoom in to the Warner Brothers logo in a dark background. The music is also very familiar.

“Writer J.K. Rowling invites you to return”

High expectations
By linking this movie so explicitly to the Harry Potter franchise, they’ve set the bar very high. I am reluctant to get excited about this new movie, because Harry Potter holds a special place in my heart. Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them has got to be very, very good or I will leave the theatre feeling disappointed. The announcement trailer looks promising, but it doesn’t feel like a winning movie just yet. It may be just my fear of disappointment, but I don’t think I can really get excited about this movie until I’ve seen prove that this will be as good as the Harry Potter movies. I think what this movie really needs is a strong villain. We haven’t seen one in this trailer yet, but who knows… They’d have to be as vicious as Voldemort. If the next trailer can offer me that, I might get a little excited. We’ll wait and see.

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