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2016 , 133 mins
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Carmen Ejogo, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Samatha Morton
JK Rowling takes us into another wizard adventure in this highly entertaining Harry Potter spin-off. Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, an ex-Hogwarts black sheep who has just completed a global journey to document an extraordinary array of magical creatures – some of which live in his battered old leather suitcase. Passing through New York City en route to Arizona, to document another creature, the suitcase is swapped with one belonging to a muggle baker. Soon Newt is drawn into a conflict between the wizarding world and witch-hunters.
Potter fans, (who will be familiar with the book as a textbook studied by Harry, Ron and Hermione) will be thrilled that Rowling has created new characters, in a new era and a new city in this first of five instalments. Bustling New York City in the 1920s is gorgeously realised, as are Newt’s menagerie of incredible creatures – a kleptomaniac dick-billed platypus, rampaging rhino, and many more.
“This highly entertaining twist on jazz age America breathes fresh life into the Potter franchise” Guardian