Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

DVD - 2017 | Rental version, widescreen version
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It opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2017]
Edition: Rental version, widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD F SF/FANTASY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (133 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,region 1


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May 05, 2019

"Fantastic Beasts and where to find them" is a Stunning and "Fantastic"prequel of one of the top selling novels by J.K Rowling (Harry Potter). This story line takes place in 1926 New York showing a brief history of wizards and witches at that time. The main character, Newt Scamander a young wizard and Magizoologist from Britain arrives to New York accidentally released his magical creatures. Blamed by the Magical Congress of the U.S.A for releasing his creatures to cause havoc within New York Newt Scamander, 2 sisters and a No-Maj must track his creatures down while battling a dark force. This prequel is truly a Magical film and is recommended to all fantasy lovers. I would rate this film 5 stars. The actors truly play their character roles in a splendid a most magical manner. This film should be intended for all ages with magical minds. @SirAbstractCanvas of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

3/5 stars. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 fantasy film directed by David Yates set in J.K Rowling’s Wizarding World, acting as a prequel to the Harry Potter series. In my eyes the motivation to produce this film is obvious; the Harry Potter series is still rife with profits that Warner Bros can suck from the public’s interest. Despite this flawed motivation, the film wasn’t half bad. The films is a high quality, slick production with excellent effects and decent acting, but it is not a memorable movie. The plot is forgettable and has very little to do with fantastic beasts as the title would suggest. Clearly the plot was woven in an attempt to connect back to the original Harry Potter series, but it is sadly not very interesting. There is none of the magic, pardon the pun, of the original movies. The nostalgic elements, excellent cast, and memorable moments of the Harry Potter series are what make it re-watchable to this day. This film has none of that. I will not watch it a second time, because truthfully, while it is a fine movie, it is boring. @Joaquin of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This movie is a prequel and a spin off of a Harry Potter series, it is set before Harry’s story. This movie has a really good look to it, it was set in 1920’s so with that they have the freedom to just go all out with the production design and the costumes especially, the costumes in the movie were really look great and I’m always a fan of a big giant special effects extravaganzas set in the past like anything during nineteen sixties, and it does capture that era really well. I also love the design of all these magical creatures. Overall, it was a good movie lots of action and fantasy. 4/5 Stars. @moviefanatic of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Apr 15, 2019

Just going through the motions. No real spark or imagination here.
Rowling must have expended all the air in her brain balloon while writing Harry Potter.

Mar 18, 2019

Too much CGI and too much of habitual NY destruction from the very beginning.

Mar 01, 2019


Feb 26, 2019

Brings the wizarding world back to life

Feb 26, 2019

Great movie. I love the the wizardi h world is alive and well.

Jan 30, 2019


Jan 12, 2019

The Potter-verse continues! Eddie Redmayne is a mumbler in this movie and that kind of annoys me, but his character is great. Newt Scamander is the type of wizard I imagine I would be if I were in this world. The expansion of the wizarding world into America was great. What I really liked the most was encountering the adult world of wizards. With Harry Potter, we got the privilege of seeing a young kid growing into a wizard, but here these are already masters of their magic - and they go all out. It's what makes the battles and the magic so entertaining to watch. It was getting a peek at what it means to really be someone with full power in the human world. I also like the setting of the movie in the 20s era. It works.

Pretty good movie, all things considered. Eddie Redmayne is fantastic as the awkward Newt Scamander.

Outa the way, Britain!
America's turn!!

Really good movie. I liked that it was set in the 20's. I also liked that it was set in New York, where most of America's population is. I can't wait for "The Crimes of Grindelwald!" I hope that "The Crimes of Grindelwald" is set in America as well as Britain. We'll see a younger version of McGonnagal, so...


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Jun 05, 2018

Set before the events of the original Harry Potter series, this film begins with the arrival of magizoologist Newt Scamander in New York. When a magical suitcase filled with strange and exotic beasts from the wizarding world is accidentally opened, Newt takes part in a hunt to recapture all the escaped animals. Meanwhile, an even darker and more sinister plot is about to unfold involving repressed magic and a dangerous monster. Will Newt and his newfound NY friends Tina, Queenie, and Jacob be able to solve the mystery and save the city from disaster and a villain no one expected?

Apr 14, 2018

In mid-20s New York, Newt Scamander, the British young activist wizard, arrives in town, holding a mysterious leather suitcase which shelters a wide array of diverse and magical creatures that exist among us. Amid an already fragile equilibrium of secrecy, and the increasing disasters ascribed to the dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, Newt's precious suitcase will be lost--and to make matters worse--several creatures will manage to escape. Before long, this situation will catch Senior Auror Percival Graves' attention who will target Newt, in the background of an invisible, devastating, and utterly unpredictable menace that still wreaks havoc on 5th Avenue. In the end, is there a hidden agenda behind Graves' intentions; moreover, what will happen to the remaining fantastic beasts still loose in the streets? Written by Nick Riganas


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Oct 22, 2018

Oh you poor thing, he hasn’t eaten anything all day! And oh that’s rough, he didn’t get the money he wanted for his bakery. You bake honey?

- Queenie Goldstein

“Don’t panick.”
“What would you suggest I do instead?”
-Newt Scammander to Tina Goldstein

“Hey Sam ... Does Cecily know you’ve been seeing Ruby?”
“How did you-“
“Let me obliviate this guy and she’ll never hear it from me.”

- Queenie Goldstein to some guy named Sam.

Apr 12, 2017

Are all No-Majs like you?
-No, I'm the only one like me.
There's loads like me.
-No. No. There's only one like you.
You were thrown out of Hogwarts for endangering human life...
-That was an accident!
With a beast. Yet one of your teachers argued strongly against your expulsion. What makes Albus Dumbledore so fond of you?
Six shots of gigglewater and a lobe blaster, please.
Quiet life for me from now on. Back to the Ministry. Deliver my manuscript.
-I'll look out for it. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
I was, I was never even supposed to be here. I was never supposed to know any of this. Everybody knows Newt only kept me around because... Newt, why did you keep me around?
He has broken one of our most sacred laws.
-A law that has us scuttling like rats in the gutter!
People are easiest to read when they're hurting


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