Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (movie)

I saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them over the Christmas holiday and I had some very interesting thoughts.  Again, I don’t want to hash out “yet another review” of whether it was good or not. I’ll leave that to the professionals. I will also assume anyone reading this has already seen the movie, because although I will attempt to be spoiler-free, I will reference key moments in the plot which might not make sense until you see them. No, I was struck by something and it was niggling my brain the entire movie. It’s an old quote I read or heard where the definition of fantasy is that the fantastical element is what solves the problem. So just having magic isn’t enough – magic has to be the catalyst for the climax – the magic of the book/character. Otherwise it’s just a story that happens to exist in a fantasy realm.  Same rule applies to sci-fi.  “Science” (as it is classified in

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