While I haven’t read the original Harry Potter books since they were released, I consider myself a fan of the franchise and its amazing characters. Now a few years after the Potter films came to a close, we have the first of a new series of movies based off the Potterverse with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. If you’re a fan of the wizard world or fantasy pieces, you owe it to yourself to grab your magic gear and join in on this beast of an adventure.
Fellow movie reviewer Chris Pandolfi loved this film as much as I did (perhaps more), and has all of the awesome plot details and more in his review of the theatrical release which you should take a look at. Thanks to this, I’m free to dive into my take on the movie as well as the slew of special features included in this release. As stated earlier, I loved this movie as it capture what everyone loves about the Harry Potter franchise, which is action, adventure, romance, and of course humor. If you’re a huge Doctor Who fan like me and saw this film, you’ll agree that I also felt like this was a Doctor Who movie disguising itself as a Harry Potter piece, as it also captures a lot of the fun from the series.
Things turned out to be ever more magical and amazing thanks to watching it in 4K UHD, as the extra detailed high definition and HDR colors spring to life just as the magic does in the film. The audio is just as magical as the Dolby Atmos sound makes sure every beast sound and spell cast is heard with perfection on your home theater setup. Once the beasts have been found, there’s a nice amount of extras to check out like” Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins” that has some of the cast and crew along with J.K. Rowling discuss how this new adventure came to be. “Characters” features five segments where Rowling and the crew go into the characters and how their look and costumes were made, while “Creatures” talks about the visual effects of the different creatures in the movie and how they were made. “Design” has production designer Stuart Craig and some of the crew going into how they came up with the overall look and feel of the film, and how challenging it was to bring 1920’s New York to life in England. Lastly there’s some “Deleted Scenes” that capture some fun bits that were left out and feature a few special effect heavy moments. I found the clips fun and wished some were added to the main film, but understand they were left out due to time constraints, budget, and such.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is as fun and magical as they come, as Harry Potter and fantasy movie fans will eat this one up. If possible, everyone should watch it in 4K UHD with HDR like I did for the ultimate experience, as it will make you want to grab your wizard gear and locate this magical creature of a film for your movie collection.