Is Fantastic Beasts Just as Fantastic as Harry Potter?

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Annie Ward '17, Writer

Although Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two was released five years ago, the worldwide obsession with the Harry Potter universe is far from over, as proven by the release of J.K. Rowling’s latest magical product Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. On November 18th (the night of release), Harry Potter fans flocked to the theater to revisit the wizarding world once again.  Gasps, “no ways”, and “oh my gods”, filled the theater as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them began by zooming in on the Warner Brothers logo with Hedwig’s theme song playing in the background, the exact same beginning as all eight Harry Potter films.  

The casting of the new film is fantastic (get it?).  Eddie Redmayne does not disappoint as the lead character, Newt Scamander, who travels to New York City with a magical briefcase filled with fantastic beasts.  The “no-maj” Jacob Kowalski, played by Dan Folger, adds humor and an unique twist to the film as he has no magical powers but is one of the main characters.  Compared to the powerful female characters in Harry Potter, the female characters in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them somewhat disappoint. However, it was interesting to see that the president of MACUSA in the 1920s (the wizarding world in the United States) was a black woman; this goes to show how much more progressive the wizarding world was at that time than the muggle world. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is nowhere near as fantastic as the Harry Potter films, however I will definitely buy tickets to the next four films to escape the muggle or “no-maj” world for a few hours and dive into the magical realm of wizards and witches.