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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.

Pros
  • 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).

Cons
  • 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

Supporters

missionreport

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
MzHansan

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
BatmanWayne

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

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.

Pros
  • 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.

Cons
  • 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.

Supporters

mayorsunky

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
Anonymous

Duh

Movie Series>Movie
Posted by Anonymous on 04-30-2017
Dola91
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.
Anonymous

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
Anonymous

Obviously...

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
Shortie

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
Dionysia
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.
Dola91
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.
NomanProdhan

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
Mahshiemonalisa

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
pastelplastic

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
Dola91

Harry

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
wezegan

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
lorelel

Harry's better!

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

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
tinkerlove

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
camshaq23

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
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
lilac123

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
WildSpirit

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
lexcion

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
kataomoi

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
Githmaina

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
BlueFray

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
BeardedMamba

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
Nemanja

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
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
lordrenly

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
timstargraal

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
StolenKid

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
SashaS

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

Comments

Ludwigwigren
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
Clara1993
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
kamar19
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
BubblyWiz
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
amitkokiladitya
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
Neiltarquin
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