Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Author J. K. Rowling and director David Yates return to the Harry Potter universe with this spinoff story, starring Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) as writer Newt Scamander who discovers an underground community of witches and wizards in New York - 70 years before Harry reads his book.

2016Rating: M, Violence133 minsUK, USA
AdventureKids & FamilyFantasyBlockbuster
Director:
David Yates ('Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows', 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince', 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix')
Writer:
J.K. Rowling
Cast:
Eddie RedmayneEzra MillerKatherine WaterstonAlison SudolColin FarrellZoë KravitzDan FoglerJenn MurrayRon PerlmanJon Voight

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Awards

Award Winner
Best Costume Design, Academy Awards 2017; Best Production Design, 2017 BAFTAs

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Reviews

74%347 reviews

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Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

The first non-Harry film in the Potter-verse favours a 1926 New York setting that follows characters pivotal to the Harry Potter mythology. If you’re not aware that Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) was a magical zoologist who wrote a textbook or that Gellert Grindelwald fought Dumbledore in an infamous battle for something-or-rather, Fantastic Beasts defines itself so well that newbies can easily follow while nerd eyes will soak up all the new details.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

(The) ambitious first entry in a quintet of promised film adventures, directed with more whimsical panache than usual by Harry Potter stalwart David Yates.

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Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

It’s spectacular and promising, though at first exposure its characters (human and otherwise) are often as grating as charming...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

(The) beasties provide a lot of the movie’s easygoing pleasures. The adults are rather less engaging.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Patchy but occasionally charming...

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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

The setting is one of the film's highlights, dripping in art-deco architecture and magical speakeasies.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Director David Yates spends the film’s first half seemingly unaware of the typical rules of screen direction and editing on motion.

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Variety

Variety

"Fantastic Beasts" has clearly been designed for the most devoted of Rowling's fans, and though it may prove confusing to newcomers, the faithful will appreciate the fact the film never talks down to its audience.

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Total Film

Total Film

This first instalment showcases just enough of them to make you sign up for the full expedition.

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Time Out

Time Out

I'm not sure which is more adorable, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, or the creatures he smuggles into the US in his battered leather briefcase.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Rowling and Yates have given us a terrifically good-natured, unpretentious and irresistibly buoyant film.

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Stuff

Stuff

This film starts off playfully and then gets, at times, extraordinarily intense and threatening.

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Newshub

Newshub

A surprisingly intimate watch given its scale, with moments of real tenderness.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Likely to draw in just about everyone who followed the Potter series and to please most of them, the picture also has things to offer for fantasy-friendly moviegoers who only casually observed that phenomenon.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

With this heavy lifting done, there's every reason to hope for an even more magical adventure next time.

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Collider

Collider

Who needs Harry Potter? With 'Fantastic Beasts', it's undeniable that the clear star is screenwriter and 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Release Details

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV and Neon Rentals.