Pan Reviews: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

It’s a strange and wonderful thing to be diving back into the world of Harry Potter, a franchise that so many people around my age literally grew up with. There was certainly a lot of pressure on the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to transport us back to a world we all knew and loved, and I’m happy to say that while it certainly differed a lot from the series of films starring Harry and the gang, it was generally delightful. It made a lot of good storytelling choices, introduced a lot of great characters, and really invoked a sense of wonder, which is what every Harry Potter story ought to do. There were a few small hiccups in execution: specifically, some elements of the magical world seemed incongruous with the rest of the stories. Even with that considered, however, nothing significantly detracted from the overall experience, and I came out of the theater excited to learn more about Newt, Tina, and the American wizarding community.

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What I Expect From Fantastic Beasts

By now, you’ve probably heard that J.K. Rowling is going to pen a screenplay based on the Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The excitement is all over the place. I’ve had a pep in my step for the last twenty-four hours. I skipped down the streets of Pittsburgh yesterday. Skipped. No cares.

200px-Fantastic_beastsBut as the initial excitement wore off, I began to think about what this new movie means, both in terms of the canon and in regards to minority groups.

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