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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

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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

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