Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review | The Writers’ Room Podcast | Episode 334
It’s 1926 and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne, underplaying as the quiet, animal-minded main character) is on his way home from a global tour to find and document an array of magical creatures. Only in New York for a layover, he manages to get embroiled in this whole thing involving abused children and magical American turmoil. As one does in a JK Rowling narrative. Luckily, the magic is pretty magical, even if we wish we had a little more psychology on Newt.
Supporting cast help in the fun, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, etc, and Samantha Morton and Colin Farrell are delightfully eeeevil. And since he was the ersatz villain in those pre-Voldy times, Grindelwald naturally pops up to carry us into the next movie.
Eddie Redmayne imbues Newt with a deep soul which compels him to think of the animals first and wizards and witches later. It’s honestly, a refreshing magical perspective, and for some of us, pretty emotional to see reflected in a Harry Potter mirror. Which, as you know if you’re a true believer who’s already been sorted into Ilvermorny (Crikey go do it, it’s fun), is JK’s practical, real magical ability in this, actual universe: to illuminate truth in the uncanny on a personal and global scale.
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