Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been adapted from a fake textbook intended for first year Hogwarts students written by J.K. Rowling for charity all the way back in 2001. The film tells the story of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), the author of said textbook, and his misadventures in 1920s New York. When magical beasts escape from Newt’s suitcase, he must team up with a quirky cast of supporting characters to get them all back, all the while dark forces seem to be growing in the shadows.
Allow me to preface this review by saying that fans of the Harry Potter franchise will no doubt be enchanted by the first of this new prequel series. There is a familiarity and a child-like playfulness to proceedings that will whet the appetite of Potter-heads. As someone who appreciated the original series but was never swept up in the fandom craze, my experience of Fantastic Beasts was not one coloured through rose tinted glasses; the film, for which I had fairly mediocre expectations, ultimately disappoints.