Aylea Stephens


Excellent, Intermediate, Young Adult, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterson, David Yates, J.K. Rowling, Warner Borthers Pictures, Harry Potter, Adventure, Magic, Magical Creatures, Tolerance, Historical Fiction, 1920s, PG-13, Eddie Redmayne

Document Type

Movie Review


In 1926 New York, a young wizard from London arrives in New York City, accidentally bringing chaos with him in the form of a bottomless suitcase full of illegal magical creatures. Newt Scamander intends to release one of his creatures into the wild, but when his Niffler gets out and causes trouble in a bank he accidentally swaps suitcases with Peter Kowalski, a No-maj who accidentally unleashes more magical creatures into New York. Their troubles attract an ex-auror, Tina Goldstein, who wants to use Scamander as a way to get back into the good graces of the wizarding government. Meanwhile, trouble is coming in the form of a war between wizards and non-magical people who are afraid that wizards might be hiding in their midst. Using his knowledge of magical creatures, Newt and his new friends have to protect both magical beasts from the people who might harm them but also protect the entire magic world from discovery and destruction.