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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

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Holding a mysterious leather suitcase in his hand, Newt Scamander, a young activist wizard from England, visits New York while he is on his way to Arizona. Inside his expanding suitcase hides a wide array of diverse, magical creatures that exist among us, ranging from tiny, twig-like ones, to majestic and humongous ones. It is the middle of the 20s and times are troubled since the already fragile equilibrium of secrecy between the unseen world of wizards and the ordinary or "No-Maj" people that the MACUSA Congress struggles to maintain, is at risk of being unsettled. In the meantime, the voices against wizardry keep growing with daily protests led by Mary Lou Barebone and fuelled by the increasing disasters ascribed to a dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. At the same time, by a twist of fate, Newt's precious suitcase will be switched with the identical one of an aspiring No-Maj baker, Jacob Kowalski, while demoted Auror, Tina Goldstein, arrests Newt for being an unregistered wizard. To... Written by Nick Riganas

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J.K. Rowling invites you to a new era of the wizarding world. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Animales fantásticos y dónde encontrarlos  »

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$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$74,403,387 (USA) (20 November 2016)

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$234,037,575 (USA)
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The magical law to which Newt, Queenie, and Tina allude, which prohibits fraternizing between a magical person and a non-magical person, is called Rappaport's Law, named after Emily Rappaport, the fifteenth President of MACUSA. According to J.K. Rowling, the law was enacted in 1790, as a result of the breach of International Statute of Secrecy due to the indiscretions of Dorcus Twelvetrees (the daughter of the Aristotle Twelvetrees, the American Magical Secretary of Treasury) and Bartholomew Barebone (a Nomaj, and a Scourer descendant). However, the law is heavily criticized, due to its intense segregation and punishments inflicted upon violation. It is likely that Mary Lou Barebone is a descendant of Bartholomew. In addition to non-fraternization, wands carried by foreign wizards must be registered (seen during Newt's first visit to MACUSA), and students at Ilvermorny must surrender their wands at the school before leaving for their holidays. The law would only be repealed in 1965. See more »

Goofs

When Newt first goes to the sisters' apartment, a record of Ruth Etting singing "You're the Cream in My Coffee" is playing. However, this song was not published until 1928, and Etting didn't record it until 1929---though the film is set in 1926. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Newt Scamander: [whispers to his case] Dougal... settle down now, please.
[Dougal grumbles]
Newt Scamander: It won't be long.
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An occamy slithers into the film title to form the S in "Beasts". See more »


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Diga Diga Doo
Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Licensed courtesy of Decca Records France
Under License from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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A classic in its own right
20 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them... It's not Harry Potter, however it is a classic in its own right. I loved the creature creations for this movie including of course those greedy goblins which I was so very happy to see in this film as well. Eddie Redmayne did such a wonderful job as Newt Scamander and his cast of creatures was breathtaking. They were all created differently and beautifully in their own right. His deep connection and understanding of the creatures was so well done by Redmayne who seemed to be a little Autistic with his lack of eye contact most of the time while talking, which if it was done on purpose, I love it. It gives the character even more depth and beauty. The other wizards were amazing, I think my favorite was Queenie Goldstein she was so endearing and such a wonderfully played character. She had a lot of heart and that endeared her to the audience even more. It was cool to see the differences between the American and British Ministries of Magic and the difference in terminologies between the two countries. All in all this movie gets 5 enthusiastic stars from me. The continuity was incredible and I highly recommend it.


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