The Harry Potter franchise is never really going to slow down.
Much like another small series known as Star Wars, it has a traction to it that carries it across decades with ease.
While many thought that its movie universe would end with The Deathly Hallows, an Engorgio charm has been cast that sets the franchise up to expand far beyond the world of Harry and Co.
The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) 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 named Jacob (Dan Fogler), 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.
With Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne leading a stellar cast, filled with the likes of Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller and more, the film calls strongly upon its past to create a whole new world for fans to explore.
With Author and Creator J.K Rowling adapting her Comic Relief book from 2001, we fall upon the origin story of Newt Scamander and his fantastic beasts touching down on U.S soil. From there, a series of events unfold that places the world of wizardry in trouble as their secret threatens to reveal itself.
Formulaic in execution, the movie finds its backbone in its opportunity to expand upon the more advanced magical arts that found themselves bound by a world of children learning its craft.
The magic is still minuscule when presented, but its raw strength is given form as it is performed by Wizards close to their peak in terms of talent.
Along with the beasts that Newt finds himself hunting for, it’s exciting to see wonderful world of wizardry outside of Hogwarts where it’s something more than just trying to avoid Voldemort’s return.
Director David Yates takes his tenure from the final 4 parts of Potter series and uses this work to great effect. Wonderful CGI wraps itself around the streets of old New York, and covers the magical creatures our team hunt down.
Redmayne shines as the driven Scamander, with his adoration of the fantastic beasts motivating the character through the story. Fogler as the bumbling No-Maj/Muggle Jacob provides the comedic value, but also allows the audience to the experience the magic from our perspective.
His wonderment and literal reactions to the normal life of wizards widens smiles simply because it helps us relate even more to the fantastic.
With grand action sequences that rival the best of Harry Potter, you can see that it will only get bigger from here, and with 4 more films confirmed to round out the story of Newt Scamander, it is once again an exciting time to be a Harry Potter fan.
The world of Fantastic Beasts is fantastic indeed and cinemas deserve to have their seats to be filled by muggles, celebrating the return of the World of Wizardry!