Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
"Fantastic Beasts and where to find them" is a 2016 movie, directed by David yates, starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston & Alison Sudol, based on the book of the same name, by J.K.Rowling. In the Harry Potter timeline, it serves as a prequel to the original Harry Potter movies, set in 1926, 70 years before Harry reads the book at for the first time at Hogwarts.

Newt Scamander, the protagonist, travels to New York with a magickally expansive suitcase full of magical creatures, on his way to Arizona. But the US wizarding community proves to be much different than he expected, insisting on utter secrecy toward the Muggles, or "no-Maj" people as they call them.

In the midst of a turmoil between the wizarding world and the no-Maj, some creatures escape Newt's suitcase and so begins an adventure to retrieve the magical creatures, while trying to maintain the secrecy of the wizarding community and dealing with a hidden foe.

The movie scratches the surface of the mentioned but not seen in the original series, Gellert Grindelwald, one of the most dangerous wizards of all time, his fame thwarting that of even Voldemort.

Along with this character we see the social issues between wizards and no-Maj's escallating, driving parties on either size to extremism.

This movie is supposed to be a trilogy, which means two more movies will follow. However the book "Fantastic Beasts and where to find them" by J.K. Rowling is considerably smaller than any other Harry Potter book she published, eliciting some uneasiness among fans, on how the movies will be paced, fearing that too much filler might take the thunder out of the story itself.

  • Development of the wizarding world lore and history, through dwelving into the New York of 1926, 70 years before the events of the original Harry Potter series, preceding even the Wizarding Wars.
  • A view of the wizarding world in the USA and the insight on the social matters they face, which point out the differences between the culture of witches across the Atlantic ocean.
  • Movie provides surface coverage for some characters previously more detailed in books
  • A spectacular movie, directed very carefully to capture the spirit of a different wizarding world, nicely paced, presenting the magical beasts with elegant CGI, wrapped up with a memorable soundtrack.
  • Brilliant acting, especially by Eddie Redmayne, who was acting the part of interacting with the magical beasts before they were put into place by CGI (that's no easy task).

  • Series was meant to be a trilogy, but so far only one movie resulted
  • Not as popular as the Harry Potter series books
  • Smaller fan base for this series than Harry Potter



Has to be Fantastic Beasts for me

I never really enjoyed Harry Potter to be honest with you. I think I have watched one or two of the films in the whole series. I remember watching one where Ron and Harry were in a flying car going past a train, a scene where there was some sort of an ogre in the girl's toilet and another where they found a three headed dog. Unfortunately, I have no clue if that's one film or three xD. But I did enjoy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them. I read the book where there were all sorts of beasts described and I enjoyed that as well.
Posted by kingcool52 on 08-21-2017

Movies Weren't that Good

The Harry Potter movies weren't that great, but they were definitely entertaining as it really introduced a fresh idea and strange new world of witches and wizards. The books were good. My personal favorite being the Prisoner of Azkaban. Now, speaking about the films, I'd say fantastic beasts was quite competent and it didn't really rely too much on the existing fan base, as it was a good stand alone film. But it definitely had some problems like an overly simplistic story. The Harry Potter movies took completely different directions in each movie. Every movie felt different from the other and that it's hard to feel any sense of continuity.
Posted by missionreport on 06-15-2017

Unpopular oppinion

No one is arguing that the original Harry Potter Universe was iconic and genre-defining, however, I am also of the opinion that the original Harry Potter movies had BIG problems. From the first two movies that just... Weren't that good, to the later movies' characterisation of some of the key characters as bland, boring and polar opposites to their book counterparts. So I'd say that the new franchise has a better track record than the old series, although that can easily crash and burn soon enough!
Posted by MzHansan on 05-26-2017

Fantastic Beasts was a better movie

I've followed the Harry Poter enterprise since the first book came out, and I fell in love right away. The movies though? Not so much. From The Prisoner of Azkaban onwards, they just failed to deliver. It just didn't capture the amazing feeling of the books, it was just a dull experience all over. Now, Fantastic Beasts managed to portray what was lost in the other movies. This could be me being blinded by this first installment, as all first movies are always great; but you have to admit there wasn't any single disappointing detail in sight. Despite no news on its sequels, the merchandise has been all over the world, even in small countries like mine! I've got big expectations on this series, and that's why it gets my vote.
Posted by StardustNebula on 08-10-2017

Good movie

Well, I am a fan of all the Harry Potter's franchise since it's beginning, I was 8 years old when I saw the first movie, and it was magical, and it is, the movies are good, but it doesn't have a lot of sense when you read the books, the movies needed a lot more to be fantastic and always change good things that were in the book. I give my vote to Fantastic Beast and were to find them because the redefine the wizard wold and make it look way much better than it looks with the Harry and Voldemort fights, it is a new beginning of the saga where you can see a really bad guy with a plan like Grindelwald and not a Voldemort that have a good entrance but always got the same thing, Harry will win every time.
Posted by BatmanWayne on 06-24-2017

Harry Potter Was too complicated

Harry Potter was too dark, there was less action you just have to watch and watch to understand the things they are driving at, but when I saw Fantastic Beasts I loved it and there was comic relief meanwhile in Harry Potter being a movie filled with young kids it was too dark I never got a grip of it so I stopped following the series.
Posted by Westbay on 07-12-2017

I'll go with this one.

This could be much more fantastic if this book will produce more series of movies ahead in the upcoming years just like what they did with the Harry Potter series. Can't count how many times I've watched the first movie of Harry Potter on television and DVD's already. The story and most of all the stunning CGI used in this movies was definitely can be watched by anyone regardless of age. I really enjoy the scenes on which he enter his suitcase and feed his those magical beasts you can only see on your wildest and weirdest dreams lol.
Posted by narutos3nn1n on 09-04-2017

Fantastic Beasts MovieWise

While the Harry Potter Book Series is one of the best book series of all time, the movies didn't do it much justice and relied on the goodness of the source material to be considered well-made. I also like the maturity of fantastic Beasts and the magical wonder of viewing the wizarding world in its earlier state. I also prefer adult actors than kids, despite Harry, Hermione, and Ron being strongly acted in the movies. I was letdown by Colin being replaced by Depp though, but for now, it is better than what the HP movie series has produced. We'll see where it goes from here but I prefer it to Harry Potter.
Posted by treecko142 on 02-08-2018


Original Harry Potter series

Original Harry Potter series
"Harry Potter" is a series of movies based on the book series "Harry Potter" by J.K. Rowling. Eight movies in total:

"Harry Potter and The Philosopher's stone" (2001), directed by Chris Colombus, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson.

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002),

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004)

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005), directed by Mike Mewell

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007), directed by David Yates

"Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince" (2009)

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1" (2010)

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2" (2011)

This is the story of "the boy who lived", the young Harry Potter, orphaned when still an infant when the Dark Lord Voldemort killed his parents and tried to kill him as well.

However the Dark Lord's killing curse somehow rebounded off of the still baby Harry Potter, back to the Dark Lord killing him. The orphaned boy was left at the doorstep of his aunt and uncle, where he was raised along with their son Dudley, until one day, at the day of Harry's 12th birthday, he receives a letter from Hogwarts.

However this newfound wolrd of magic isn't as innocent as it seemed as the Dark Lord's broken spirit remained hidden somewhere in that world, waiting to strike back.

The series follows Harry Potter through his schoolyears in Hogwarts along with his 2 closest friends Ron and Hermione, and their adventures against the Dark Lord.

The three protagonists Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, capture their characters very closely to their original portrayal in the book. The director of the movie even pointed out how close these three actors are to the characters they play.

The first movies were directed in a more choreographic pacing, reflecting the carefree sense that the first books exuded, but as the movies progressed (from the 4th movie and beyond) they become wild-paced, in shorter scenes and more face-level camera angles.

Although aimed for children, the movies are laced with mystery and horror themes, making it a very enjoyable piece of art even for adults to watch. There's a reason it still captures the imagination of young adults.

  • A capturing series, tying the innocent lives of the young student of Hogwarts to the dangerous reality of the wizarding world.
  • Through the story the wizarding world slowly builds up and creates a very believable continuity, that tugs on the viewer's immagination.
  • Targeted to children, but enjoyed by many adults
  • One of the most memorable movie soundtracks of this millennium, is the Harry Potter theme song.

  • The movies lacked a lot of decidin details that the books contained, as any story put from book to screen tends to leave some things out. However the differences in content were considerable.
  • Some things were entirely changed, for example most notably Dumbledore's reaction to finding Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire, and Voldemort's death in the last movie.



Harry potter is a classic

Harry potter is a very amazing movie to behold. I don't think there can ever be another of its kind
Posted by mayorsunky on 05-15-2017


Movie Series>Movie
Posted by Anonymous on 04-30-2017
I totally agree. The movies are way better. The books put me to sleep. Also, they were very long. I grew a couple of grey hairs after finishing them.

Harry potter is a classic

Harry potter is an amazing movie. Although, I have not seen the other one, but I don't think there can be any other piece of Harry Potter's kind
Posted by Anonymous on 05-15-2017


I don't know if my vote counts because I couldn't even finish Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I just didn't think it was that great. The HP movies weren't as great as the books, obviously. And I can never get over a few things (Dumbledore asking if Harry put his name in the Goblet CALMLY and them leaving out Dumbledore chastising the Dursley's in place of Harry hitting on some random girl that didn't exist in the books and them burning down the Weasley's house when that didn't happen in the books and doesn't even make sense with underage magic and all) But, with a bit of imagination, the movies gave me the nostalgia that the books do.
Posted by Anonymous on 06-06-2017

Fantastic Beasts just doesn't match up to Harry Po

Simply put, there wouldn't be a Fantastics Beasts movie without the Harry Potter series. The reason that people will even bother to watch Fantastics Beasts is because there are fans Harry Potter or have seen some of the Potter movies and liked it. Fantastic Beasts alone wouldn't have much impact to audiences if the original Harry Potter movies were not released first. The books and the movies made a huge impact to audiences of all ages. The movie really is magical especially if you watched it during your childhood years, like I did. I remember watching the first Harry Potter movie 3 times in a row in the theater on Christmas eve. It was still showing on New Year's eve and me and my brothers watched it again a couple more times. The movie was just so addicting. I loved the whole series and it's kinda sad to see it all end but I'm happy that the main characters all had successful careers after that. The Harry Potter series is in a different league of its own compared to Fastastic Beasts. It's a no brainer that Harry Potter is the better movie.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-26-2017

Harry Potter series!

Having not seen Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them yet I can't really comment on this movie but I do know that I have watched the Harry Potter movies numerous times and I could watch them time and time again without getting bored. I find the Harry Potter movies really interesting and every time I watch them there is always a point where I still get excited because I have forgotten what has happened. I have been told that Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is a good movie so I will have to watch that but for now, Harry Potter does get my vote.
Posted by Shortie on 04-30-2017
J.K. Rowling is timeless, really... I marathon the original series every now and then, but Fantastic Beasts is very interesting too. There's very little difference in quality from the Harry Potter series and the story is very moving.
I feel the same way. I never saw the other movie. This is my first time hearing about it. However, I did see Harry Potter. Therefore, they are better.

Harry Potter !

I think Harry Potter series is more popular then "Fantastic Beasts and where to find them" series. I am also a fan of Harry Potter and believe me I didn't like the Fantastic Beasts and where to find them movie. It was not so good as Harry Potter.
Posted by NomanProdhan on 04-30-2017

is this a real vs?

I'm not sure that this versus is even legitimate. How can you possibly beat Harry Potter? The author put so much creative energy and genius into that series, I'm sure it will be a beloved classic for years and even centuries to come. Harry Potter is so beloved it has elicited a kind of cult following and even has it's own presence at Disney World. Yes, Harry Potter beats all. It is an ingenious story full of depth of character, magic, adventure, love, and all the wonderful elements a story needs to be a masterpiece.
Posted by Mahshiemonalisa on 05-25-2017

My childhood

In my opinion, they're just grasping at straws, trying to continue the franchise and continue earning money. The original series is the best.
Posted by pastelplastic on 05-10-2017


Harry Potter is better. Since a kid, I enjoyed Harry Potter. In fact, I still do. It is awesome. Moreover, it is cool. I cannot wait to watch the new one. They are fun.
Posted by Dola91 on 05-01-2017

Harry Potter all the way!

Harry Potter is way more elaborated, the books are amazing. I remember when I was a kid that I couldn't sleep reading the books and I was always anxious to watch the movies. Harry Potter has one of the most beautiful stories I've ever seen! They simply represent my childhood and I'm attached to them!
Posted by wezegan on 05-01-2017

Enjoyed this in my teenage years

The Harry Potter series of movies (although they could not perfectly recreate the magic in the books) were great! I remember waiting in long lines just to be able to purchase a movie ticket for Harry Potter 5 and then wait in line again just to enter the theater. That's how popular Harry Potter movies were, back in the day. They were not merely movies, they were events.

Again, the movies were not perfect adaptations of the novels, but seeing my favorite characters on the big screen (Harry, Ron, Hermione) would give me a rush of excitement and elation. For me, Harry Potter wins this battle.

Posted by limberg on 07-26-2017

The best!

I have seen the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and it was pretty good, it exceeded my expectations but nothing can beat Harry Potter. I haven't seen all of the Harry Potter movies but I saw the majority and I even read the first two books which were incredible.

J. K. Rowling has created this unique world with very appealing and well-done characters. I know that the Fantastic Beats serves as a prequel to the Harry Potter saga but it doesn't come close to it. I have grown up with Harry Potter and even if I am not the most loyal fan, it is an incredible franchise that can't be beaten. That is why this is a clear winner for me.

Posted by Mehano on 08-15-2017

Harry's better!

He was the first. The rest are parodies.
Posted by lorelel on 05-12-2017
Jonathan Solomon

Harry Potter!

On a side note, I've never heard of Fantastic Beasts?

Regarding my choice, I was never really a huge Harry Potter fan. I did have a few books that I read when I was younger before switching to the movie series. I think overall Harry Potter is probably one of the best books turned movie series over the past decade and a half. My favorites from the movie series were "The Prisoner of Azkaban" and "The Half-blood Prince". So for me, this was an easy choice.

Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 08-21-2017

Harry Potter, but Close

These movies are in my opinion not comparable, they are so different. The harry Potter series, a classic of course and you could watch them over and over again. But fantastic beasts, a very well made movie with alot of special effects. I think the stories on both movies are absolutely fantastic, but I will have to favour harry Potter. When you see harry Potter movies you get all happy and so forth, and there is alot of funny parts in those movies if you get it, the whole movie feels happier in some way. Then there is fantastic beasts, it's a good movie obviously and very well made, but the movie was so dark and depressing with the boy that got hit by his parents or whatever it was and I feel like the whole movie only had dark colors. That is something I don't like that much, and you can see this in the 2 last harry Potter movies aswell, but I still think harry Potter wins this. Too clasic. :)
Posted by Ludwigwigren on 05-14-2017

No Competition

There's really no competition.

A lot of people grew up with Harry Potter. It's the original and nothing will ever beat it. If Harry Potter hadn't been so successful, Fantastic Beasts wouldn't even exist. Even today, the Harry Potter franchise is still immensely popular.

I've seen Fantastic Beasts and I like it, but it's not Harry Potter. It has the magic, but lacks the journey. Harry Potter going through Hogwarts and finally defeating Voldemort was a magical journey for him and the viewers. Fantastic Beasts was good, but it lacked that component. There also weren't a lot of characters we could attach to. None of the characters really stood out on their own in FB. Whereas in Harry Potter, we had the main three characters that everyone loved and we also had a popular supporting cast.

As a stand-alone movie, Fantastic Beasts isn't bad. But it can't be compared to Harry Potter.

Posted by kataomoi on 05-15-2017

Original Harry Potter series

Original Harry Potter series is one of the most interesting stories iv'e experienced.
Posted by tinkerlove on 05-30-2017

Go Harry

Firstly what is this Fantastic beast. I've never heard of it. Harry Potter had been one of the most successful series in it's time. The sequence of movies I enjoyed a lot instead of reading the book. I miss the series.
Posted by camshaq23 on 05-16-2017

The original

I prefer the originals (even if they are way worse than the books) simply because I disliked, really disliked, Fantastic Beasts. Why? Because it tries to be what it isn't, it tries to be Harry Potter! I know it's set in the same universe, but it could have been a nice and funny story about escaping animals, and instead we got an heavy (and boring) start of a saga, with confusing plot elements and stuff nobody care about. There is too much going ot, I'm ok with wanting to start a saga, but compare this with the first Harry Potter... we were introduced to the world, and the very important part were just a few, and well integrated to the story. Here instead we got the beasts, and then a confusing parallel plot about everything and nothing. I hope the sequels will be better.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 07-23-2017
Rhomhie Morelh Campo

Harry Potter!

so many stories that is so Cool, unlike the recent released fantastic beast it is so, not that realistic and full of content but Harry potter is really a must due to it's unforgettable story line.
Posted by Rhomhie Morelh Campo on 05-18-2017

Harry Potter all the way

The Harry Potter series was my childhood and it will always have a special place in my heart. It is such a classic and for a good reason. The series is much more complex and there is more character development (I felt like I literally grew up with the characters). I watched the Fantastic Beasts movie, and while it was alright, it was pretty forgettable and not comparable to the Harry Potter series in my opinion.
Posted by lilac123 on 05-22-2017

Harry Potter has the magic

Harry Potter has such an innocent magic that it's extremely captivating. The story is great and the characters are very interesting. All this and more makes the Harry Potter movies a magical world.
Posted by WildSpirit on 05-25-2017

Unfair competition

I really don't think there's much of a contest between these 2 movies. Harry Potter made up a big part of our childhood. I'm very sure a lot of us had a dream that we would get a letter from a magical school no one has ever had of before and finally realize we are special. That there was really magic in our lives. Now both movies have this aspect of magic but J.K. Rowlings wove a tapestry for us with "the boy that lived story". She created a character who all of us could sympathize with. She created a world which provided an escape and possibilities for things beyond our imagining. Fantastic beasts is for all purpose and intent a new comer; a story of a book we heard about in passing. Maybe if the story were more fleshed out and grow with a generation, it might stand a chance against the main Harry Potter series.
Posted by Githmaina on 05-27-2017

Harry Potter

The two franchises can't even be compared since Harry Potter's had like 7 movies while Fantastic Beasts only had 1 movie/book. Besides that the Harry Potter movies a lot more fun that Beasts and I would say its way better.
Posted by lexcion on 06-04-2017

Why question it?

Are we really comparing the famous and amazing Harry Potter series to the single movie that - in my opinion - was nothing short of disappointing when it comes to trying to match up to the fantasy world we all love and know.

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them was, is, and will always be nothing compared to the Harry Potter series.

Posted by BlueFray on 06-05-2017

Not fair. But Harry Potter wins.

Harry Potter Series definitely takes the cake. May it be the books or the movies. Fantastic Beasts won't exist without Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling won't even think of creating it if it wasn't for her Harry Potter universe.

Let's start with the book, Harry Potter books are about stories about Harry's journey, where Fantastic Beasts are about an index of where you can find the beasts.

The movie, Fantastic Beasts is a great movie, I liked it, minus the super weird Ezra Miller, he didn't fit the weird character, because he looks like a cool guy, they should've chosen a different actor for that role. Harry Potter on the other hand, I loved all the movies, I've even watched them all in one sitting. I've enjoyed watching the magical world of Harry Potter.

Posted by BeardedMamba on 06-08-2017

Easy answer

To be honest, a spin-off rarely gets the hype the original did and such is the case here. No matter how good it is, might be or could have been, it will never reach the heights of the original HP movies.

I like the HP movies and learning more about that world is nice, but the original movies are better in my opinion.

Posted by Nemanja on 06-07-2017

Let originals live through their legacy

Come on, lets be honest. There wouldn't had been any 'Fantastic Beasts' series if the original HP series wasn't as successful as it is today. They even have their own theme park on Universal. I don't think we're on equal grounds here :-) FBWFT is a great series but its to soon to even be compared.
Posted by Craap on 08-05-2017
Golden Geek

There's no way

Even if Fantastic Beasts is good, it can never top the original Harry Potter series. Harry Potter was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime thing.
Posted by Golden Geek on 06-12-2017

Of course

It seems that the only argument for Fantastic Beasts is because it is more faithful to the book and more detailed but that is merely because the source materials itself is league below the original Harry Potter series. So yeah, the movies themselves might be comparable but the stories are not.
Posted by lordrenly on 06-10-2017

Fantastic Beasts was just for money.

The original Harry Potter series wasn't good but is better than the Fantastic Beasts series which is still to come. Why? Harry Potter, though still cliche, is still original whereas Fantastic Beast was just as there to make money and add to a series which already made lots of money. I can barely call Fantastic Beasts a book as its just another story in the same world to make movies on and make money.
Posted by timstargraal on 06-12-2017

Isn't it obvious?

Without the original series we wouldn't have Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, also without a source material Fantastic Beasts felt like a dull movie, it was so heavy to watch, I'm not saying it was a bad movie, but it lacked something, I'm hoping the sequels can improve that.
Posted by StolenKid on 06-16-2017

OG is best

You can't deny that Fantastic Beasts was a beautiful movie filled with adventure and wonder and while I can't say much about the book as I haven't read it, I must admit that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is one of my favorite movies.

But that's not to say that the Harry Potter movie series isn't great either. The later movies move into this dark, ominous universe which I love. I'm not a fan of the older ones but thats just personal preference. The books are pretty good too, that goes without saying.

Its kind of silly to compare the two though as one has a long, rich history behind it and the other is yet to see more than one installment.

Posted by SashaS on 06-25-2017

I prefer the Original Harry Potter series

There was more magic, suspense and thrilling moments in Harry Potter Movies. Fantastic Beast was a great show but there were instances where it could have been more eventful. Particularly when visiting the strange beasts inside of their suitcase/holding facilities. It just seemed a bit barn yard neutral. The ending was a great counter for this though. However I prefer the Harry Potter series as the story line and adventurous expeditions into the unknown bought to life the magical world of wizardry in a more seemingly authentic fashion.
Posted by Joteque on 08-10-2017

You're a Wizard, Harry

The original novels are probably always going to win out for me. They captured the imaginations of a generation and became a social phenomenon. I've often said they were the Star Wars of this generation. It is because of them that the expanded universe even has a platform to stand on. The new in-universe stuff is okay, it's definitely worth a read. But it will always be compared to the original and found wanting.
Posted by JaiGuru on 07-18-2017

Potter Gold!

Sincerely when the fatalistic beast movie came out i wasn't really interested, but the harry Potter film was fun to watch all the way with amazing magic tricks and mystical creatures. It actually told a good story all together.
Posted by zeedollar on 07-08-2017

My childhood

I grew up with these movies, I never read the books although they have already told me that they are better, ok Fantastic Beasts is the new of J.K Rowling, but I prefer the nostalgia for those moments that I lost watching on the TV, this great and dark world who it is Harry Potter .
Posted by Deathisue on 07-13-2017

Original always.

I feel that Fantastic beast and where they live was a poorly made spin off to the original series. It seems this is a trend. "Great movie or book>>>> poorly made attempt at keeping the original franchise alive. Unfortunately, it is very hard to come up with original content all the time.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-10-2017

Original for the win

I have to pick the original Harry Potter movie series over Fantastic Beasts. We have to consider that it's practically impossible to compare the movie series with the actual book series. The movies from the original series has brought the characters and settings to life on the big screen. It has been a great experience to grow up and follow this movie series.
Posted by fishmonk on 08-03-2017

Not fair to compare

I have no doubt there is lots of potential for the fantastic beasts franchise. That being said the Harry Potter movies are so fantastic and had such an effect on pop culture it's not fair to compare them at this point. Maybe in ten years there could be a discussion but I don't think anything could compare to Harry Potter movies for me personally.
Posted by anna on 09-18-2017

what kind of question is this?

LOL I'm joking but yeah of course I rather Harry Potter series! those books were my childhood... We grow reading and watching Harry potter and I'll say we did it with him. I liked the other movie but it can never be compared to the impact Harry Potter achieve on that generation.
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 08-21-2017

So much better.

The original saga of "Harry Potter" is much more interesting and captivating.

The characters have a greater appeal to the audience (this kind of empathy is essential) and the stories are better developed (which ends up holding the attention).

HP all the way.

Posted by wiseagent on 08-24-2017

HP Forever

Though fantastic beast is really a great movie we have to accept that there's no fantastic beast without harry potter. I love harry potter so much specially the books. I am one of the potterheads so i will say that nothing can beat harry potter series. It is the beginning, it is the one that opens our imagination to the magic world. And we must admit that you will get a hard time understanding or rather knowing the characters in fantastic beast if you haven't read or watched harry potter.
Posted by zheh on 08-15-2017

Potter is the Golden pot of a decade

We all can run in different conversations between the two movies but as of right now Harry Potter is a series that is spanned over the life span of most of the people commenting, mostly teens and in the twenties. So, it's not surprising that Harry Potter got more votes but to be precise Beasts movie need at least five years to build even close to the books.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 08-20-2017

Harry Potter is where it's at.

This is quite the easy versus, we're talking about Harry Potter, a series, which has changed the lives of countless people and a lot of them including me have grown with the series. You can't compare something that has left a legacy and is a classing in the movie industry, to something that came recently and in a totally different era. Harry Potter is a masterpiece that has it's own aesthetic and even after so many years has place for improvement.
Posted by manmad on 08-15-2017

Much better

I wasn't expecting much from Fantastic Beasts but I ended up being very disappointed anyway. It lacked the magic, lacked a good story and interesting characters! Harry Potter is the original version and even if the books are better than the movies the movie series is still really good and will forever be a classic.
Posted by felabruno on 11-17-2017

Won't reach the level

I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, I've been growing with both the books and the movies since I was a kid and I love everything related to the awesome Harry Potter universe. There's no way there can ever be something like the original saga, which will remain as one of the best from all time. I liked Fantastic Beasts and I'm eager to find what they do next, but it's just impossible for it to have the same magic as the original movies.
Posted by alexanderzx360 on 08-16-2017

Easily comparable

While Fantastic beasts and where to find them was indeed quite an enjoyable movie to watch it was so just because of the exploited intertextuality . The original series gives me shivers every time i rewatch it, because it has a special something, it brings back memories and feelings, the new movie is pretty much a way of trying to keep the Harry Potter Universe alive, which in my opinion is not a rally needed because it can never die.
Posted by AlexLapusan on 09-04-2017

Harry Pottah gets my vote

I find the Harry Potter series much more compelling than Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them because Harry Potter is already an established series and I find the characters much lovable than the other.
Posted by MichaelSoriano15 on 08-17-2017

The Potter Duh!

I will literary, punch you, in your fing nuts if you are my friend and much rather prefer the other one rather than choosing my brother, Harry fing Potter. Of all the movies released out there, this is the only franchise movie I've watched from the first movie to the last if I'm sad or lonely. This is my comfort movie and Harry Potter makes me not do things like killing myself. LOL just joking. I like Emma doing Beauty and the Beast shout out to her, and again, best movie ever, no need for me to explain much more, best franchise, best book novel, and best author for creating such an amazing story so people can watch.
Posted by antonmia01 on 08-18-2017

No Fantastic Beast without Harry Potter

JK Rowling introduced us to her magical world through the adventures of the skinny little boy who slept under the stairs in a cupboard. We saw magic through the eyes of him, and people who had lived around magic all the time. While FB introduces very interesting things that add something to the main series, if it was introduced as a series on its own and Harry Potter did not existed, I do not think it would be as successful or attracting
Posted by DoveWithGlasses on 08-18-2017

Harry Potter rules!

We all know that Harry Potter is classic story that started a long ago. I remember when it is first aired to cinemas. When I first watched this movie, I thought it is a boring movie that will put me to sleep. But as the story continues, I got interest to watched it and found it amazing because the story pictures kids that are enroll in a wizard school. There are many things that makes Harry Potter cool. Until now, I watched its movies and even now, I get too excited to watched it.
Posted by blank629 on 09-02-2017

My childhood!

I grew up watching the Harry Potter series so Harry and his crew are already a part of who I am and who am I gonna be.
Posted by Vastor122 on 08-31-2017

Harry Potter series

I just think that the Harry Potter series is the way to go because it's so much creativity by the author and it's just that the movie can't beat the movie series.
Posted by AlexJPro on 08-24-2017

Fantastic Harry!

I'll go with Harry Potter series of course! There would be no Fantastic Beasts and where to find them if there was no Harry Potter series. As simple as that.
Posted by MushyPhilip1822 on 08-27-2017

One of the easiest questions - Harry Potter of cou

For me, it will always be Harry Potter. Nothing can top that book series. I grew up with it, fell in love with it and learned from it. JK Rowling really did create a whole new magical world, one where I could escape to and dream whenever reality got a bit too much. It's very nostalgic and also Fantastic Beasts wouldn't even exist if not for the Harry Potter series.
Posted by yieesh on 08-28-2017

Fantastic Beasts just doesn't match up to Harry Po

Simply put, there wouldn't be a Fantastics Beasts movie without the Harry Potter series. The reason that people will even bother to watch Fantastics Beasts is because there are fans Harry Potter or have seen some of the Potter movies and liked it. Fantastic Beasts alone wouldn't have much impact to audiences if the original Harry Potter movies were not released first. The books and the movies made a huge impact to audiences of all ages. The movie really is magical especially if you watched it during your childhood years, like I did. I remember watching the first Harry Potter movie 3 times in a row in the theater on Christmas eve. It was still showing on New Year's eve and me and my brothers watched it again a couple more times. The movie was just so addicting. I loved the whole series and it's kinda sad to see it all end but I'm happy that the main characters all had successful careers after that. The Harry Potter series is in a different league of its own compared to Fastastic Beasts. It's a no brainer that Harry Potter is the better movie.
Posted by Xyruz13 on 08-26-2017

Hairy Potter!

My brother and I used to call him hairy potter. We've been watching these since I was like 20 years old and now I am 32 and I still see these movies being played anywhere. I couldn't compare it to Fantastic beasts because they have different levels of story lines. Harry potter is just an epic genius novel movie whatever and is proven to have attracted the whole world because of its whole package from cinematics, graphics to its story line.
Posted by geloi on 08-31-2017

Harry Potter is game for me ? ?

Harry Potter is more thrilling for me because of how the graphics employed by the producers in making the movie. I think the producers of Fantastic Beasts tried to copy from Harry Potter's production. Some of the beast used in the latter doesn't seem appealing compared to the ones used in the former.

Also, the movie centering on a little kid Harry Potter right from his birth, evil was against him trying to kill him till the last part made the movie more interesting to me.

Posted by Heatman on 08-30-2017

Original are the best!

Still not losing the best of it. This is what can be called classic. Even if i watch it over a dozen times i will not be tired and always surprised by the story and its entirety of the movie.
Posted by jkeypad on 10-24-2017

Harry Potter!

I'd watched this movie franchise over and over again. I never got tired of watching Harry Potter movies. I did watch Fantastic Beasts already and I'm not that too impressed of the story. Planning to watch this again for the nth time. XD
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 10-24-2017

Simply Harry Potter

Harry Potter is an amazing story of friendship, coming of age, redemption, and good versus evil. Harry Potter has always been one of my favorite books and J. K. Rowling has always been my favorite author.
Posted by reymond2861 on 10-22-2017

Harry Potter, the original, please

I heard about Harry Potter for years before I decided to look at the movies. And that was because I was contracted to write a series of articles about Emma Watson. So I downloaded the entire lot of Harry Potter movies, every single one of them. And watched them many times, over and over again.

It was really fascinating to see how the main actors grew up along with their characters in the movies. When I finished the last movie, I put the whole experience into my memory banks under the section of pleasant times.

No, I haven't watched the Fantastic Beasts. No reason to. Harry Potter has grown up. That's it for me.

Posted by Aree on 12-03-2017

Harry Potter is the best

I believe Harry Potter series is the best out there. I haven't watched the full series yet or even completed reading the Harry Porter books. I have seen them frequently since I was young and I believe it is the best series.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 12-05-2017

Potter Heads

The Harry potter series has created not just a community but also created an era for our generation that something that greatly influences a lot of people these days. I enjoy the Fantastic Beast but not as I enjoy watching the character development in Harry Potter.
Posted by Jerwin101 on 11-29-2017


I remember watching the first 3 movies of the "Harry Potter" franchise and feeling transported to a different place. And that place is Hogwarts.

The best thing about the original story is its childhood roots and its inclusiveness for older viewers. It was a fun watch for youngsters. Rarely is it ever that you get both the young and the adults to feel the same deep attachment to a story.

I believe it's an easy answer as the whole 7 books and movies offer much more depth and adventure compared to it.

Posted by Steve5 on 12-13-2017

Mr. Potter

Original Harry Potter series will always be my favorite. Even till date, I still devote little time to watch some of Harry Potter movies. Right from child, Harry was great and his teenage years were fun as well as adventurous.
Posted by Martinsx on 11-01-2018

What the?

There's no need to argue about his one. Of course Harry Potter series. This is the root of every extra stories about hogwarts. Without this series, Scamander will never be born.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 03-08-2018


Both the book and movies are great works of art. I've read some of the books and they are quite fun to read. The casting on the movies is great too.

I loved that the start of the story was more on the calm and easygoing side. As the end approaches, Harry starts preparing for his fate and it gets more serious. He lost many friends and beat You know who in the end.

Posted by EfficientNinja on 04-21-2018


I really love Harry Potter series! Their plot, accent, uniforms and settings are really great and fascinating. They could really bring you into their wizardly world. I have watched all the movies and it is really really good.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 09-29-2018


These movies are in my opinion not comparable, they are so different. The harry Potter series, a classic of course and you could watch them over and over again. But fantastic beasts, a very well made movie with alot of special effects. I think the stories on both movies are absolutely fantastic, but I will have to favour harry Potter. When you see harry Potter movies you get all happy and so forth, and there is alot of funny parts in those movies if you get it, the whole movie feels happier in some way. Then there is fantastic beasts, it's a good movie obviously and very well made, but the movie was so dark and depressing with the boy that got hit by his parents or whatever it was and I feel like the whole movie only had dark colors. That is something I don't like that much, and you can see this in the 2 last harry Potter movies aswell, but I still think harry Potter wins this. Too clasic. :)
Posted by Ludwigwigren on 05-14-2017
I prefer harry potter, It's amazing because it has Lots of Imaginative, Funny and so true realities about life in general but mostly on Childhood and Adolescents,... the movie is way good but the book for book readers is better because there are more details and it creats a good Link between the reader and itself, So My point here Is Oh what was the name again?? Aaah The fantastic beast, Lol It is a good movie but Uncomparable to Hurry potter, For me Harry patter is a movie of all times, It's a movie that Even My great great grand children will love for sure :-)
Posted by Clara1993 on 06-03-2017
well I have seen the new Fantastic beast movie, and until recently, I didn't know that this Movie was tied into Harry potter. I'm not a big Harry potter fan either but my kids like Harry potter, and overall the history of harry Potter is what makes me lean towards voting for Harry potter, but it's good to see how things started before Harry potter came on the scene. I plan on seeing this new series, so I can give a more accurate review.
Posted by kamar19 on 06-03-2017
Even though they're in the same "world", I don't think you can compare Fantastic Beasts to Harry Potter. Harry Potter was simply magnificent. It's a great book series, which got made into movies later on due to the major success. Fantastic Beasts, however, started out as a movie, which already makes it incomparable to Harry Potter. The special effects in Fantastic Beasts are much better because the movie is newer, but the storyline in Harry Potter is just amazing. These two are completely different things, so I can't imagine comparing them to one another. If I had to choose, I'd go for Harry Potter, because it's much more complex and introduced us to the Wizarding World, but luckily I don't have to make that decision :)
Posted by BubblyWiz on 06-14-2017
Harry Potter has no comparison till date. It is one of it's kind with a captivating saga of magical fight against the evil. Each and every series is unique in itself and none of them allow the user to lose interest. The journey of Harry Potter from a kid to a teenager is enthralling and breath taking at times. The master piece was later turned into movie series which further did good justice to the text. Hats off to all the makers of Harry Potter.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 06-25-2017
The good thing about the Harry Potter series was it captures the attention of both young and adult. Its not a good movie, but it would keep you go watch the next one because your waiting for something. Like me, im waiting what kind of things they could put to the next movie, like the flying car, or the hot tempered tree, or the moving picture. Those simple thing kept me going for more.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 06-25-2017
I may have chosen the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them if I had watched it before I watched the Harry Potter series. I love the story line of Harry Potter and the magical animals and all the mystery and suspense and characters. They both deal with social issues and the light versus the dark and mystery.
Posted by freebird37 on 07-06-2017
The harry potter movie was flawless, It was amazing to watch and it deliver the novel just perfectly. There were lots of thing the harry potter movie brought which you could find in any other movie, Am picking it over fantastic beast anyway.
Posted by zeedollar on 07-08-2017
Harry Potter 1 was amazing. It was my Star Wars experience. You know when people talk about their minds being blown away the first time they watched Star Wars in the theater? That how I felt for Harry Potter. I know a lot of people didn't the first one but for me, number one was my favorite. I don't really remember the plot that well, but for me, it wasn't about plot, it was about creating a mood in a well-realized universe and the first one did that like no other.
Posted by airfightermax on 07-11-2017
I am sure most of us will still prefer the original Harry Potter movie but I do not see why this story should be compared to the original Harry Potter. I think that since thr Harry Potter series has already ended, the author still insisted to make a novel that is in the same universe, to cater to the fans.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 08-09-2017
Definitely Harry Potter series! I can watch the series over and over again. It is one of my favorite. I think the story of Harry Potter is much better, more magical and more interesting. Though the movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is good, I think Harry Potter is way much better.
Posted by Liezel08 on 08-15-2017
Definitely HARRY POTTER SERIES, this trilogy was the best of my childhood and seriously I watch it every time I can, for me fantastic beast it is so boring starting because I don't like monsters and it is not that interesting than Harry Potter.
Posted by pizzalover on 08-16-2017
I don't think this is a very fair comparison at all, of course most people will say Harry Potter! We've all grown fond from growing up with him through his school years, I don't think it's comparable to a solo movie. If the world in Fantastic Beasts is expanded more in the future then why not! I'm sure a lot of people would love to learn about the American wizarding society. But all the same, I think it's important to note the enormous distinctions between the two.
Posted by yaorice on 08-22-2017
i think i will go both, because in harry potter they use pure magic story only but in fantastic beast they have something new like monster fighting a wizard.
Posted by jan on 08-24-2017
Jo-Anne Saribay
They have the both same author which is J. K. Rowling. But I still go with Harry Potter. I really love the movie and it's very exciting to watch. Unlike Fantastic about Beasts and Where to Find Them, for me it's boring and I did not really like the movie.
Posted by Jo-Anne Saribay on 08-24-2017
Jo-Anne Saribay
I still go for Harry Potter cos' it gives so many stories twisted into each other with no loose ends sticking out. oh, and all the stories are freaking AWESOME. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, arg!!
Posted by Jo-Anne Saribay on 08-24-2017
fantastic beast is so great just like the big stormy eagle.
Posted by jan on 08-25-2017
I, personally, don't think that it should be a contest between the two. Fantastic Beasts is meant to be a prequel to the original series, and is simply meant to add more to the depth and lore to the series. It was not meant to compete with the original series. It was meant to augment them, and provide further interest in them, while also being a great movie itself. That's why I'm choosing not to vote on this debate.

Fantastic beasts definitely did what it was supposed to with the added depth that it gives Harry Potter. While I'm a very hooked fan of the books and movies, I am also very fond of this cool prequel, and I hope that the series stays alive and well for years to come.
Posted by Massey_Stephen_K on 08-26-2017
I see Fantastic as more world building that the original Harry Potter series neglected a bit. Don't get me wrong, I adore Harry Potter but it was a bit lacking on the world building part, but made up for that lack in character building. I see Fantastic as an addon like it should be moreso than a main focal point of the series, which it will never be. Kind of like The Silmarillion by Tolkein which expanded on LoTR lore/world. I would like to see more of the Harry Potterverse overall just to have some fun with it and enjoy the series further for what it is.
Posted by Rhodolite on 09-21-2017
Well I think this is a bit of an unfair comparison, given that Fantastic Beats is just a single book/movie and Harry Potter is a series of movies spanning over a decade. But I definitely enjoyed Fantastic Beasts, which I think is partly owed to the fact that I didn't really go in expecting much. But it was a great movie that I actually ended up watching again a month later when it came out on television. Its a fun adventure for sure.

Of course Harry Potter is amazing, too. The fact that the series spans so many years it means that you can watch the gang grow up and become virtually adults by the last movie. I love how the films took a dark turn in the later instalments and the dreary Northern vibe they had was wonderfully spooky. The series is probably one of the best out there, next to cult classics like Star Wars. I'd love for them to make another, honestly. Its a shame the three main characters have gone their separate ways in recent times.
Posted by Sp3ctrum on 10-01-2017
So far I choose the Harry Potter series, I've been a fan of it since they came out. But I have to be honest and say that I rather read the books than watching the movies. This is my personal opinion, just because I love to read. The fantastic beasts promise to be a very good one in the future, when the story becomes more complete, and begins to mix with Harry Potter's story. Can't deny the visual and sound effects are amazing, but the Harry Potter's stories are very catching and kept me reading through days and nights.
Posted by ballyhara on 10-01-2017
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a book written by JK Rowling? Really? I was not aware that JK Rowling has written another book apart from Harry Potter series. Since I have never heard of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them I have not read the book or watched the movie. However, I have watched all of Harry Potter movies. Interestingly, I was never interested in reading JK Rowling books.
Posted by vinaya on 11-13-2017
I'd have to go with Harry Potter because the character development is very deep and well-crafted. FANTASTIC BEASTS is a good book series and certainly better than the films which have came from it. But HARRY POTTER imo make for a better and more entertaining reading experience. I haven't read those books in awhile though. But I have fond memories of them.
Posted by NickJ on 11-18-2017
This is a very fair comparison for those who don't like it, I feel that there is nothing wrong in comparing "Fantastic beasts and where they are found" with " Harry Potter's series", the only difference is that one is a
Posted by Adesuwa08 on 12-14-2017
I like the ideal of both the comparisons drawn, one is a trilogy while the other just a short story, but as I was saying earlier I prefer fantastic beasts and where they are found better than Jarry Potter series. The Harry Potter series is boring compared to Fantastic beasts and were they are found, I even like the book of Fantastic beasts and where they are found than that of Harry Potter, Harry Potter series is really over rated. When I read Fantastic beast and where they are found, I appreciated the real art of J K Rowling because I consider Harry Potter series as childish, the movie is even worst but Fantastic Beast and where they are found cleared the air on it.
Posted by Adesuwa08 on 12-14-2017
Fantastic beast and where to find them vs Harry potter? Offcourse i'll vote the harry potter series over fantastic beast. Both movies are not even on the same level.

Harry potter series are a well written story line with a lot of twist to it. The characters were just too awesome and intelligent, not that Fantastic beast isn't. Harry potter is just too alright to be beaten by fantastic beast at any level of competiton. We've seen this movie released gradually over the years with each series getting better than the previous. A lot of work, time, energy and money was put into harry potter morethan it's contender. The movie has won so many breaking record awards.

Harry potter is just better than fantastic beast, period.
Posted by Rumu on 12-18-2017
I go for Harry Potter rather than the Fantastic Beasts and my favorite will always be Part 1. Harry's synopsis was carefully created, not dragging and neither fast as well. I loved the fictional and magical items that were brought upon in that movie, and how an unfortunate boy can be fortunate in the end. It gives us a sense of hope in real life that we should define ourselves to our fates but to control it and make our lives better.

The Fantastic Beasts showcased quite fast scenes which gave less feeling and is not that effective to open one's eye to a world of imagination.
Posted by tiffiecute on 01-12-2018
In terms of popularity, Harry potter it is. Especially for the young ones, they seem to have a hard time to move on. Until now that they had seen the movie so many years ago, they are still talking about it. Surprisingly, Harry Potter, the actor is what I’m talking about, is now a handsome young man so I wonder how he will fit in with his former character in the story. I guess they have to change the genre?
Posted by Corzhens on 03-23-2018
I'll still go with the original series. The new seems lacking compared to the Harry Potter series. They just had so much to offer. Places and spells galore. So much plot to explore. And the new one felt a bit off compared to the past movies.
Posted by Steve5 on 05-28-2018
I’m so disinterested in the Fantastic Beasts series that I honestly have no interest in even watching it. From professional reviews to the opinions of my friends and family, they all tell me that Fantastic Beasts just isn’t anything special. I guess it’s because they might be trying to compare it to the legacy that Harry Potter left behind. I was nine when I first went to the movies with my grade school class to see Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and it’s left such a lasting impression on me that I get goosebumps just saying the title. Clearly, I’m a Potterhead.
Posted by Denis_P on 11-12-2018