Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

FAN­TAS­TIC Beasts and Where to Find Them is the lat­est in­stal­ment in J.K. Rowl­ing’s wiz­ard­ing world.

Set in 1926 New York, Bri­tish wizard Newt Sca­man­der (Ed­die Red­mayne) trav­els to Amer­ica with a mag­i­cal suit­case full of strange, myth­i­cal crea­tures.

For fans of the Harry Pot­ter films, Fan­tas­tic Beasts is a sat­is­fy­ing ad­di­tion to the wizard uni­verse, with a sim­i­lar aes­thetic shared be­tween the two series.

The movie has just the right amount of fa­mil­iar­ity, with nos­tal­gic mu­sic and recog­nis­able spells, while also hav­ing a good bal­ance of new char­ac­ters and crea­tures.

For peo­ple who have not seen the Harry Pot­ter films, the new nar­ra­tive is still easy to un­der­stand.

The story is full of an­tic­i­pa­tion and hu­mour as well as fan­tas­tic vis­ual ef­fects, with re­al­is­tic, ma­jes­tic mon­sters in vi­brant colours roam­ing the streets of New York.

Harry Pot­ter fans will find in­ter­est in the Amer­i­can wizard so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing the Amer­i­can Min­istry of Magic known as The Mag­i­cal Congress of the United States of Amer­ica, which is just as stun­ning as the Min­istry from the orig­i­nal films.

The plot is very dif­fer­ent to what is ex­pected from a Pot­ter film, be­ing much more ma­ture and with­out a dis­tinct en­emy.

J.K. Rowl­ing en­thu­si­asts are sure to en­joy Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the Pot­ter-like vibes it brings with it.

Ed­die Red­mayne in Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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