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Coming to Theaters: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

By Jillian Jamaleddin

    Releasing today, the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be viewed by Harry Potter fans all over the world. The film, written by J.K. Rowling, features the wizarding world and beasts of the Harry Potter series, but it takes place decades before.

  “I am so excited! The Harry Potter series is my all-time favorite series of books. It has been a while since a relevant-to-the-series film was released and I have been waiting such a long time to return to the wonderful world of Harry Potter,” Sarah Schmoll, social studies teacher, said.

  The main character, Newt Scamander, is portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne. His character, a magizoologist, goes to New York to study and save some of the beasts. However, New York in the story is being destroyed by something mysterious. Newt, who does not know this information at the time, continues to keep the beasts secure in his leather case. In an intense turn of events, some of them escape into the already hectic city of New York. Newt, alongside other characters in the film, becomes an improbable hero and has to retrieve the lost beasts.

  The film is directed by David Yates, who also directed the last four Harry Potter films. Other characters include Porpentina Goldstein, played by Katherine Waterston, Jacob, portrayed by Dan Frogler, and Queenie, interpreted by Alison Sudol. The film can be seen today in 2D, 3D, and IMAX in theaters everywhere.