By Liam Going
In the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the main character Newt Scamander, brings a suitcase full of magical beasts into New York City. When the suitcase becomes lost, Jacob Kowalski who is a no-maj (or a muggle) accidentally picks it up and is attacked by a creature that bites his neck. The two worlds that J. K. Rowling created in this movie along with her novels, come together when these two men’s lives intersect. Throughout the movie, the creatures often escape and create damage. One creature that looks like a black platypus becomes particularly troublesome when it seeks shiny metals. Niffler is seen stealing money from women’s purses and robbing gold and diamonds from jewelry stores.
Newt, who is British, has come to America to release his most-prized beast, a huge golden bird called Thunderbird, to its original home in Arizona. Newt, a magizoologist, has created a safe place in his magical world, which he and other characters enter through his suitcase. Many interesting beasts live in this world and are protected by Newt. The beasts are scapegoated by villainous characters such as Percival Graves. The force that creates the most destruction is the Obscurus which is a dark, evil force created by the anger felt by a character named Credence. In the end of the movie, the creatures end up saving both the wizarding and mortal worlds from destruction.
Overall, I enjoyed this movie because I am an animal lover and it is clear that Newt is too. I also liked the many action-packed scenes where the beasts swooped through the streets, skies and subway tunnels of New York City. All in all, the movie is action-packed and keeps you entertained throughout!