Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: a Hufflepuff's thoughts
I started my Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them experience with a bit of a faux pas; I admitted that I didn't know what house I belonged to. And then I went one step further and admitted that I would probably be from Hufflepuff. Nice one, Lara. However, when I ventured into social media land today I stumbled across the following video of Eddie Redmayne standing up for Hufflepuffs and all of a sudden I'm totally OK about my little faux pas. With the awkwardness aside, we ventured into Gold Class (ooooh) for our date night (nawww) to see the much-anticipated film.
I would absolutely love to have an imagination like J. K. Rowling does. Imagine being able to dream up not just one character, but a character's entire family tree, plus all the characters are magical, and that's only just the humans! She then goes on to dream up an abundance of beautiful, unusual creatures — or beasts — and it absolutely blows my mind. As someone who would love to write a book one day, I am always so in awe of authors who manage to captivate their readers in a completely different world, unlike something they're ever going to experience in their everyday life.
And pretty much every word she jots down that ends up as a book ends up with a film adaptation. That says something right?
The film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was excellent — and that's not just the reclining comfy seats and two glasses of rosé talking. Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, was just so awkwardly adorable, and who doesn't love a guy who loves animals/beasts — even if the animals/beasts could kill you if they weren't careful. And then you've got Tina, played by Katherine Waterston, who was just so bad at doing the right thing! Such a stickler for the rules, however somehow so easily swayed in letting a ‘nomaj’ (no magic) travel around with three other wizards/witches while they collect the escaped magical beasts. However, I do have to say that my favourite character out of the whole film was the nomaj himself, Kowalski, played by Dan Fogler. His character definitely added that Harry Potter–franchise type of humour that we all know and love. Sort of like a nomaj, bakery-loving, Ron Weasley really. A little bit accident prone, but completely hilarious!
I think Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a movie that Harry Potter lovers will adore, even if that's simply because of the magic and the beasts, however this film really does stand on its own as a solid movie, even without the Harry Potter franchise to back it up. I've found myself really wanting a Bowtruckle and a Niffler for myself, and I have a newfound respect for my excessive teapot collection now ... you'll have to see the film to find out why!
Check out the trailer for the film now, and get out and book your tickets!