Abigail Packard


Outstanding, Young Adult, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, Dan Fogler, David Yates, J.K. Rowling, Warner Brothers Pictures, Magic, America, 1920s, Harry Potter, Magical Creatures, PG-13

Document Type

Movie Review


While Newt Scamander listens to a fanatic rant about witches lose in the streets of New York City, a Niffler escapes the mysterious case he holds. The Niffler enters a bank and Newt goes after it, bumping into "no-maj" Jacob Kowalski and they accidentally switch cases. Newt is taken into custody by Tina Goldstein, a demoted auror, after creating disturbances while looking for the Niffler. In the meantime, Jacob opens Newt’s case and a few of the magical creatures escape. Newt finds Jacob and switches back the cases and the two find refuge in Tina’s home. Newt and Jacob embark on a journey to recover the missing creatures, but Tina turns them into the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Graves, another auror, questions Newt and discovers an Obscurus—a dark magical force that grows within a child who tries to suppress their magical abilities to evade discovery by non-magical people—inside Newt’s case. Tina and Newt discover that Graves is looking for another Obscurus that has been wreaking havoc in the city. They find a boy Credence and realize he has been possessed by the Obscurus after years of suppressing his magic. Credence is destroyed by the MACUSA. Graves begins attacking the other wizards and after being subdued, Newt reveals that Graves is in fact Grindelwald, a dangerous wizard that wants to expose the wizarding community in order to create a society where wizards and witches rule over non-magical people.