I don't even have words for how excited I am about Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. As a long-time Harry Potter addict, I was devastated once the last book and movie were released, because that meant it was really the end — or at least we thought it did. But creator and author J.K. Rowling is nothing if not kind, and she's gifted us with another installment of the wizarding world's film franchise, albeit one that doesn't involve Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Instead, we're getting a feature film based on the textbook Harry & co. studied at Hogwarts. But up until now, we've only had a vague idea of what the movie would actually be about, because how do you make a film out of a textbook? Well, you don't, but now that we know the plot of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, things have suddenly become a lot clearer.
Entertainment Weekly reveals that Fantastic Beasts was originally meant to be a faux documentary about the fictional textbook's fictional writer Newt Scamander, played by the devilishly handsome Eddie Redmayne. Then Rowling came up with something even better, and decided that Newt Scamander would come to 1926 New York with his fancy suitcase that apparently acts as a portable portal to the Floo Network, as well as "expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures" from his travels around the world. While in New York, he meets up with the city's own wizarding community, who seem to be terrified of Muggles (who are called "No-Maj" in the U.S.) finding out about their existence.
But that's not really what the movie's about — that's only the beginning. Fantastic Beasts will see what happens when Newt Scamander — who seems to be a bit careless and all over the place, from the sounds of things — ends up letting some of those magical creatures of his escape from his case in New York. How the American wizarding community will deal with these creatures roaming free, especially when they're trying to keep as low of a profile as possible, remains to be seen, but given that many of the creatures are said to be pretty dangerous, something tells me it's going to be amazing.
I didn't really think I could be more excited for this movie, but turns out I was wrong. But considering we've got to wait for another whole year before we can go to the theater to see Fantastic Beasts, I hope the teases of what we have to look forward to don't make me spontaneously combust in the meantime. Now that would certainly be a predicament.
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