Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – 3D Review

It has seemed a long wait to finally see J.K. Rowling’s  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel of sorts of the Harry Potter franchise, after posting about the film here on Blazing Minds and also featuring the Live Stream of the European Premiere, it was finally time to see the film in 3D at Cineworld.

The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

So as the film is set seventy years before Harry Potter, we meet new characters in the wizarding world, as Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) heads to New York in 1926 after completing travelling to find and document all the magical creatures for his book. After meeting Kowalski (played by Dan Fogler), a No-Maj (which is American for a Muggle), Newt misplaces his magical suitcase and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3D

Fantastic Beasts certainly has that Harry Potter feel, with its magically special effects and characters that only J.K. Rowling could bring to the screen in her style of writing. But putting aside the world of Potter, you don’t have to have seen the Potter movies to appreciate and enjoy Fantastic Beasts.

Fantastic Beasts - Behind The Scenes

Fantastic Beasts – Behind The Scenes

With its lavish New York scenes (many filmed in Liverpool) looking amazing in the RealD 3D, giving the film depth and that magically feel that you are also on the journey with Newt, look out for the trip into Newt’s suitcase, this works particularly well in 3D as we are introduced to many of his Fantastic Beasts.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them - Character Poster - Ron Perlman

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – Character Poster – Ron Perlman

As wth the Potter movies, the ensemble of cast is brilliant which includes Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, John Voight, Ron Perlman and ….. (spoilers), which all bring the story to life on the big screen.

Colin Farrell in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Colin Farrell in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

David Yates has four Potter movies under his belt and who better to direct Fantastic Beasts, he has certainly brought over the feel from those movies into Fantastic Beasts and, so far, it looks like he will be directing the next four movies in the Fantastic Beasts series. Yates shows that he has a passion for J.K. Rowling’s work and this movie is no exception and this is why you do have that Potter feel to the movie.

Fantastic Beasts – Cute, Cuddly, Funny!

One thing that really stands out in Fantastic Beasts is several of the “cute” beasts that Newt has in his suitcase, during the screening there were many “aww” moments from the audience, there was big “aww” when the Niffler appeared on the screen for the first time, a Small and furry with long, duck beak-like snout that loves shiny things. Likewise when we first see the Demiguise with its rather cute, but sombre looking face.

Fantastic Beasts also has those comedic moments and I found myself laughing along with the audience on several occasions as Newt and his new found friends are put into some funny predicaments while looking for some of his Fantastic Beasts in New York.

But let’s not forget that there is a darker side to the movie as well, very much “he who shall not be named” in the Potter films, this time the twisting storyline is of Grindelwald, fans of Potter will have heard the name before when Gellert Grindelwald is first mentioned in Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone on the back of Albus Dumbledore’s wizard card. The card reads, “Considered by many the greatest wizard of modern times, Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the dark wizard Grindelwald in 1945…“.

We will have to wait until 2018 for the second in the Fantastic Beasts franchise to learn more about Gellert Grindelwald, but the reveal of the character in this movie is certainly one that will go down in movie history.




This is a fun movie, the 3D works brilliantly in many of the scenes, even in some of the darker filmed shots. James Newton Howard has done another brilliant soundtrack and this helps with the feel of the movie. If you are fan of the Harry Potter movies and of J.K. Rowling then this is a movie that you will want to see.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham