review | Katie Wisniewski
I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so I was very excited to see what some were calling a spin-off of the widely popular series. Re-entering the magical world of wizards did not disappoint!
The wizarding world has been struggling to maintain its secrecy from the “No-Maj” (non-magical) community amid the works of a dark wizard named Gellert Grindewald when Newt Scamander enters America in 1926 through Ellis Island in New York with a suitcase in hand. New York has been in an uproar over a mysterious underground disturbance and an anti-magic fundamentalist spreading propaganda on the streets with her adopted children. Upon inspection, the suitcase is an ordinary one used for traveling—clothes, notebook, pen, etc. When his suitcase is mistakenly switched with a similar looking one owned by a No-Maj aspiring baker named Jacob, it is discovered that it is not, in fact, an ordinary suitcase. It contains magical creatures of all proportions—from a twig-look-alike to a rhino the size of a dinosaur. The contents of it attract the attention of a demoted Auror, Tina Goldstein, who promptly arrests him for entering America as a not yet registered wizard.
The escape of a Niffler wreaks havoc on one of New York City’s busiest streets that leads Newt, Tina, and Jacob on a troublesome attempt to capture him back. It also leads Auror, Perciaval Graves (played by Colin Farrell), right to them, where they learn that perhaps he is not as pure hearted as he first appears. And can they manage to get all the magical creatures back into their rightful places?