Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

We may not be getting a new Harry Potter book written by J.K. Rowling anytime soon, but the next best thing has arrived in the form of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, is the wizarding world as interesting without any of the signature Harry Potter characters at the center of the story?

The short answer is not exactly, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a thoroughly entertaining extension of the magical franchise, one with just enough wonder to get by, some captivating performances (despite underwhelming characters), and the promise of a build-up to something absolutely epic. Get some extended thoughts on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them after the jump, and chime in with your own reaction in the comments, but beware of MAJOR SPOILERS for the movie from here on out. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Deleted Scene

The Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters everywhere now, and the movie is on par to make around $75 million in its opening weekend. Granted that’s not as big as any of the Harry Potter franchise films opened, but that’s to be expected when we’re not dealing with many characters that fans aren’t familiar with, and the movie will still be a hit worldwide.

As we know, Warner Bros. Pictures already has four sequels in the works. While the first film doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, it does open up a whole new world of possibilities, and it turns out a deleted scene almost had a more obvious set up for future movies. Director David Yates explained what this Fantastic Beasts deleted scene entailed, but in order to discuss it we have to dive into major spoiler territory, both for this movie and what’s in store for the sequels. So if you want to know more, you’ll have to keep reading after the jump. Read More »

Eddie Redmayne Hufflepuff PSA

Of all the Hogwarts houses, none gets picked on more than poor Hufflepuff. The Gryffindors get to be the brave heroes, the Slytherins the seductive villains, and the Ravenclaws the cunning masterminds. But Hufflepuffs? They’re the nice, diligent types who toil in the background and get none of the glory. They have the goofiest house name and the least exciting mascot. No wonder they’re the underdogs.

But House Hufflepuff won’t stand for that kind of treatment anymore. In a tearful video, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Eddie Redmayne declares himself a “proud Hufflepuff,” listing all the house’s strengths and rattling off the names of some other famous Hufflepuffs (including the coolest Hufflepuff of them all, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). Watch the Hufflepuff PSA below.  Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Clips

We’re just a few days away from seeing if Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them lives up to the rather positive reviews that surfaced over the weekend. With that in mind, Warner Bros. Pictures is making one last push to drum up interest in the Harry Potter spin-off, though we’re pretty sure there’s already plenty of interest from the wizarding world fans out there.

Two new Fantastic Beasts clips have been released online by the studio, and they both offer up some interesting new details about our lead character, magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), as well as one of the creatures in his possession. Plus, we get to see Mr. Scamander engage with Colin Farrell‘s character Percival Graves, an Auror for MACUSA’s Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and Ron Perlman as a goblin that is basically a 1920s gangster.

Watch the new Fantastic Beasts clips after the jump. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Reviews

This week Harry Potter fans can return to the wizarding world in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first installment of what will eventually be a five film series, spanning 19 years of narrative time, all directed by David Yates and written by J.K. Rowling. But will it be worth a trip to theaters? The first reactions indicated that this was the perfect follow-up to Harry Potter, delivering a different kind of magic in a simultaneously familiar and refreshing fashion, thanks to a whole new roster of characters.

Now the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them reviews are in (so far resulting in 100% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing, though that probably won’t last), and they seem to echo the first impressions, but with some key pieces of criticism.

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Fantastic Beasts Sequels

Long before Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was even close to hitting theaters, we were made aware that a trilogy was planned for the Harry Potter spin-off title directed by David Yates. However, just last month fans were surprised to learn that what was once a trilogy was now being planned as a five film series, according to Harry Potter author and first-time screenwriter J.K. Rowling.

Now some new details on those sequels have surfaced regarding just how much time the sequels will cover in the wizarding world, and who will be directing the sequels from here on out. Find out the new details on the Fantastic Beasts sequels after the jump. Read More »

dumbledore gay

The seven Harry Potter books and the eight film adaptations never address the romantic life of Albus Dumbledore, the wise and eccentric headmaster at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Although the final book revealed some harsh truths about his past, the biggest revelation about the character’s backstory came outside of the fiction when author J.K. Rowling revealed that Dumbledore was gay during a 2007 book reading and Q&A at Carnegie Hall.

With a younger Dumbledore set to play a role in the five-part Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series, which takes place decades before Harry Potter’s parents were even born, the opportunity has arisen for Rowling and her collaborators to actually to actually address Dumbledore’s sexuality within the wizarding world fiction itself.

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What’s Ahead for the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Franchise?

Fantastic Beasts sequels

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens up a brand new chapter in the Harry Potter franchise, and we already know it’s the first in a five-film saga. So even as we prepare to hit 1920s New York with Newt Scamander and his friends, it’s hard not to wonder what’s coming next. When I sat down with director David Yates and producer David Heyman this week, I took the opportunity to ask where the series might go in future installments.

Note: the story below is SPOILER FREE so click ahead with your mind at ease.  Read More »

Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

We’re still over a week out from seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit theaters, but we already know that Johnny Depp will be playing the pivotal role of the villain Grindelwald, a dark wizard whom Harry Potter fans will be very familiar with. In fact, he’ll be making a brief appearance in the first movie, and his conflict with Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore will be a key part of the sequel with casting for the latter role currently underway.

Since Johnny Depp was cast in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 (which will likely have a different title when all is said and done), some fans haven’t been too happy with his casting. After all, Depp hasn’t been turning in the best work as of late, and his career has turned into a bit of a joke. So how did we end up getting Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2? Find out after the jump. Read More »

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