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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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David Yates

Writer:

J.K. Rowling
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Redmayne ... Newt
Sam Redford Sam Redford ... Customs Official
Scott Goldman ... Customs Official (voice)
Tim Bentinck ... Witness (as Timothy Bentinck)
Tristan Tait Tristan Tait ... Reporter
Colin Farrell ... Graves
Tom Clarke Hill ... Photographer 2 (as Tom Clarke-Hill)
Matthew Sim ... Photographer 1
Katherine Waterston ... Tina
Samantha Morton ... Mary Lou
Dan Fogler ... Jacob Kowalski
Ezra Miller ... Credence Barebone
Faith Wood-Blagrove ... Modesty Barebone
Jenn Murray ... Chastity Barebone
Cory Peterson ... Bank Employee
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Storyline

In mid-20s New York, Newt Scamander, the British young activist wizard, arrives in town, holding a mysterious leather suitcase which shelters a wide array of diverse and magical creatures that exist among us. Amid an already fragile equilibrium of secrecy, and the increasing disasters ascribed to the dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, Newt's precious suitcase will be lost--and to make matters worse--several creatures will manage to escape. Before long, this situation will catch Senior Auror Percival Graves' attention who will target Newt, in the background of an invisible, devastating, and utterly unpredictable menace that still wreaks havoc on 5th Avenue. In the end, is there a hidden agenda behind Graves' intentions; moreover, what will happen to the remaining fantastic beasts still loose in the streets? Written by Nick Riganas

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Where did the beasts hide? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Khmer

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,403,387, 20 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$234,037,575

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$814,037,575
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

"Frank" is a Thunderbird. Thunderbird is one of the four Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry houses, as detailed on Pottermore. See more »

Goofs

Every man in the movie wears a hat when outdoors (common dress for 1926), except for the three chief male characters - Newt Scamander, Jacob Kowalski, and Percival Graves, who never ever do. While Newt and Graves are wizards, whose fashion sense can differ from that of Muggles, Jacob does not have this excuse. However, Jacob is quite socially awkward. 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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Crazy Credits

An occamy slithers into the film title to form the S in "Beasts". See more »


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You're The Cream In My Coffee
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson
Performed by Ruth Etting
Licensed courtesy of Wyastone Estate Limited, Trading as Retrospective
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Where and how I found Fantastic Beasts
17 November 2016 | by ayoreinfSee all my reviews

I must admit at the very beginning, I'm one of those adults who bought the small booklet, and even enjoyed it. I always appreciate when an author creates an entire world in which his/her story takes place, very few compare with the totality of the world created by JK Rowling. So no wonder that the full story of Newt Scamander has already existed in her mind, when she wrote his textbook for the Hogwarts' students and all the rest of us. But this was written from the very start as a movie, and in my mind is the fruit of the creative partnership she had formed with David Yates, who directed the final three installments (4 actually) of the Harry Potter saga.

The result is both a visual marvel, a heartwarming story, and a tale of fantasy, action and suspense. Another part of Rowling's magic is the amazing characters she creates. She created here four wonderful leads, that gave room to some wonderful acting performances: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, and the most surprising of all Dan Fogler, with whom I was already familiar as a voice actor (Mars Needs Moms) and he proves, that a good voice actor, is a good actor. One more special mention must go for Ezra Miller, who's so superb as Credence, that he almost spoils the surprise at the end of the film.

Bottom line, not really a prequel, but a wonderful independent story that happens to fit into the same universe where Harry Potter exists. Don't worry, there's room there for much more.


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