Fantastic Beasts review – spoiler alert!

Review written by Big Girl, aged 12, and edited with a little help from Mum (Mrs 6). We saw “Fantastic Beasts and where to find them” on the day it was released, at our local cinema. Here is my review of the film, with a little help from

Obviously spoilers are lurking below, read at your own risk!

Plot summary:

This is a story about one man: Newt Scamander and his suitcase of magical beasts. He takes a journey from England to America. On his first day in America some of the beasts escape and that is when everything changes. He meets a lady called Tina who agrees to help him in his quest to get his beasts back, along with a no-maj (no magic) called Jacob. Tina’s sister Queenie also helps and they manage to do just that. Newt takes his case of magical beasts back to London where he plans to finish his book “Fantastic beasts and where to find them”.

Character introductions:

Newt is a wizard who was expelled from Hogwarts for endangering human life with a beast. Jacob works at a canning factory in New York, but his dream is to open a bakery. Tina is an auror (a dark wizard catcher) but she was sacked from her job, so she has a lot of free time. She invites Newt and Jacob round to her home where her sister Queenie is waiting for her to come home for tea. Queenie is a brilliant cook who also makes an amazing cup of tea and coffee. She is a legilimens (someone who can read the minds of others) and is fast to earn Newt’s trust, unlike her sister.

The fantastic beasts (credits to

A bowtruckle resembles Julia Donaldson’s Stick Man, being a small twig. It is a beast that can talk in a very high voice and a different language that Newt has learned to understand.

A thunderbird is a magical American bird closely related to a Phoenix. They can sense danger and create storms as they fly.

A niffler is a mole-like creature with an eye for shiny things, such as jewellery, watches, money and has a cheeky character.

My favourite part:

During the course of the story, Newt carries a suitcase around with him. His suitcase contains a magical hidden world made up of his workshop and a large farm housing all of his magical creatures. I loved the part when Newt took Jacob, Tina and Queenie into the suitcase to meet the beasts.

Fantastic beasts and where to find them is amazing! It is nothing like the Harry Potter films, although the film is obviously about the magical world. It is set in 1920s New York, 70 years before Harry was born. It is based on the  book ‘Fantastic beasts and where to find them’ by J.K.Rowling.

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