Screen Squinty’s Trailer Reaction #2- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Release Date: November 18, 2016.

This is a British-American fantasy drama film inspired by the book of the same name, a non-narrative companion book based off of one of Harry Potter’s school books mentioned in the Harry Potter Cannon a by J. K. Rowling, wit this being a spin-off/prequel of the Harry Potter film series and directed by David Yates.


Set in America in 1926, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), the supposed author of the school book, is a Hogwarts drop-out toting around a mysterious magical briefcase. He arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) for an important meeting, only to have his day go south when various magical creatures, many of them highly dangerous, escape his accessory and cause the American magical government (who are somewhat miffed over this) to start hunting him down, and also straining the relationship between magical and non-magical governments.

What’s Promising:

The most promising is the clear establishment of a more broad use of world building by taking the Harry Potter franchise out of its relativity secular settings in Brittan and part of Europe as well as a different era and culture, with a  fully functioning adult member of the Wizarding community.

A good touch, which is something that adult fans who grew up with the franchise would want to see as fans and relate to in age bracket, a target audience that are given something looked forward to by those who can’t go to see the two-part West End stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (features the main characters all grown up).

What’s Worrying:

The character of the lead has come across so far in the promo’s as a possible as one of those absent minded intellectual/bumbling professor trope that has been so run into the ground its causing earthquakes of disinterest.

There hasn’t been any sort of snippet of nuance outside of this possibility so far, even with the mystery factor of the main character being possibly something more then an ordinary wizard floating about.

At this point it will depend on how the character dynamics will shape him in and out of this possible trope, after all the presences of tropes is not so much always the problem if used smartly such as in commentary/parody,smokescreen, or as a starting point of character development; its when they are used statically without any nuance and characters otherwise come off as one dimensional and unmemorable.

Still this is early days and its more speculation as to what the trailers hint at at this point.

Is It Worth Seeing?

Definitely. While the main character is a bit worrying , the overall presentation and possibilities of world building presented in the trailers, not to mention the more adult spin, makes it very much worth it.

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