The fantastic 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'

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Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Prepare to dive back into the world of Harry Potter, and it is just as magical as you've left it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which happens to be author J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut, takes you back 70 years before the events of the original 'Harry Potter' series.

Bringing the world to life on screen is director David Yates, who was the man behind the lens for the last four 'Harry Potter' films.

Yates drums up a foreign yet familiar environment for Potterheads to lap up, as he takes the audience away from the halls of Hogwarts to the streets of New York.

With the movie ultimately being a period piece, it is a refreshing take on the 1920s — both for the muggle and wizarding worlds.

Rowling deserves plaudits for giving the audience new lovable characters to root for, despite it being her maiden voyage as a screenwriter.


Protagonist Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, is instantly likeable and his love for his beasts is infectious even to the moviegoer.

It takes awhile for moviegoers to warm up to Scamander's supporting cast, but they are memorable in their own right when they finally hit their stride.

The antagonist doesn't command as much dread as compared to the original series' Voldemort.

The plot itself takes awhile to get rolling, but the reintroduction into the wizarding world helps ease the transition into it.


Unfortunately for newcomers to the Potter world, Fantastic Beasts assumes that you are familiar with the lore, which could leave some people confused as the film goes on.

For those familiar with the wizarding world would probably be giddy seeing what is beyond the walls of Hogwarts.

As a whole, it is a fun ride back and a worthy addition to the Potter franchise.