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17 Through ’17: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Here’s our list of 17 not to be missed movies to see starting next month and through the end to 2017.  Each day we will bring you the next on the list.  These are in chronological order of release date, not any specific ranking of hype or expectations.  We leave that up to the reader!

Let’s get started . . .

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Opens:  November 18, 2016
Rated:  PG-13
Director:  David Yates
Starring:  Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler

Read our full Fantastic Beasts review HERE.

Fantastic Beasts in not a science fiction movie per se, but it is a huge event.  J.K. Rowling has turned her eye (and talent) away from writing more Potterverse books and bending it towards movie scripts.  To that end she’s turning the short book (of the same name) penned by the mythical Newt Scamander, into a five movie series.  That’s right . . . FIVE movies. I don’t know a lot of details about Fantastic Beasts, but I’m married to someone who is a massive Potternerd.  Her hype level for this movie is real and tangible, meaning our reserved seating tickets are already purchased.

The movie is being helmed by David Yates who directed the final four Harry Potter films, so that will lend Fantastic Beasts a sense of consistency when compared to those movies which are already almost 5-10 years old!

Here’s the official synopsis:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.  Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident . . . were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

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.

The Hype: It’s a Potterverse movie . . . enough said.  If there were cameo/guest appearances by ANY of the Harry Potter cast, there would be even more hype around Fantastic Beasts.  It may still happen and it may be under wraps.  We’ll find out shortly.

The Caution:  Potential disappointment that viewers will go in expecting Harry Potter (perhaps literally), and finding out it’s not.  But this probability is very low.  Let’s not kid ourselves, this movie will make a gajillion dollars.

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Neal Ulen
Editor/Webmaster - Engineer by training, nerd by passion. Speculative fiction has influenced me since I was a kid, guiding me to the career I have now, and likely saving me from myself during times in my young life when the path was fraught with a minefield of choices. I dabble in tech, game, film, fiction, and writing. These are my true passions, and have been since the summer of '77.
  • I can’t wait to see this movie!!! I’ll let you borrow my copy of Fantastic Beasts to read before we go. 🙂