Let’s get this out of the way first – I am a huge Harry Potter fan. The books accompanied my childhood, I grew up with Harry, and I’ve loved the story, the characters, basically the whole universe ever since I first came in touch with it.
As a giant book nerd, watching the movie adaptations always was a bit of a disappointment. There were too many parts left out, too many of all this adorable details Queen J.K. Rowling added that made the books truly magical. (I’m so sorry for that one.)
So when I first heard that she would write a screenplay, kind of a back story before Harry’s times, it’s needless to say that I was excited. Very excited.
Fast forward to last Friday – I was sitting in my comfy chair at the movies, nervously adjusting my 3D-glasses as the Warner Brothers logo appeared on the giant screen and Hedwig’s theme flooded the room. It was time for me to return, return to a world that my heart has never really left.
At this point I should probably mention that I had no idea about what was going to happen – I deliberately avoided any spoilers, trailers, reviews, rumors, pictures. I wanted to get the fresh, unspoiled experience without anything influencing my opinion beforehand.
That was when I was introduced to Newt Scamander, the wonderfully weird, adorable protagonist of these new movies.
As announced, I do not want to spoil the plot, so let me just tell you some things about the movie in general:
I adored the story. It was such a Rowling work of art, the perfect mixture of enjoyable, light parts and more profound, sinister ones, and even though it played before Harry’s time, it had this Harry Potter vibe, this special feeling you get when you enter this magical world.
The characters were perfect, the ones on the “good side” as well as their counterparts, they had depth, were interesting and I want to know more about every single one of them. This wouldn’t have been equally amazing if it weren’t for this great cast, they just fit perfectly, they conveyed the characters personalities and transported their feelings so well.
Besides that I really appreciated them touching some political and social issues, including refreshingly few clichés and the way they portrayed women and men, and they also featured some really interesting interpersonal relations which I’d love to talk about more, but I’m afraid that I’d give away too much.
Another point worth mentioning is the 3D-effects – I usually prefer watching films the “traditional way”, but the effects in Fantastic Beasts blew my mind and in retrospective I’m more than glad that I went with 3D.
In conclusion I can say that loved the film and that I can only recommend watching it to Potterheads as well as complete strangers to that subject, because you don’t really have to know the “original” stories to understand the plot, even though you will get quite a lot of references.
It might have been my favourite movie in this universe so far, simply because there is no book they had to base it on.
All there is left for me to do now is to strongly recommend you to go and watch it, because you will definitely miss out on something wonderful if you don’t.
(If you have already watched the movie – why don’t you tell me about your opinion? I’d look forward to reading it)
By the way – here’s what I posted on my Instragram story immediately after having seen it, so you could call that “first impression waffling”.