Warning this post will contain spoilers.
Director: David Yates
Starring: Eddie Redmayne
First of all, I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ve read all of the books, seen all of the films, played a couple of the games and read The Cursed Child. I was more than excited when I found out about this film. I was even more excited when I found out that Eddie Redmayne was going to be the lead actor after enjoying his portrayal of Marius in Les Miserables.
Going in to see this film I had high hopes and they were met and broken even when the film started. Within five seconds of Newt being on the screen I fell in love with him. He’s such a fun and loveable character, and it was so nice to see a Hufflepuff being the main character for a change. He was loyal, honest, friendly and the sweetest person that I’ve ever seen on a screen. I loved how much he cared for his creatures and that even if they did seem a little dangerous then he would still defend them with all of his heart. My favourite of the creatures being Frank the Thunderbird. Of course though everyone loved the little Niffler and he stole the whole film. What I also loved about Newt is his clear acceptance of anyone that might be considered an outsider, when he got through to Credence when nobody else could and the way that he spoke about Leeta Lestrange, and as we know the Lestrange family were mostly Slytherin. (Which hopefully we get to learn more about in the next few films.)
Of course this can’t all be about Newt though. We have three other characters who everyone fell in love with as well. Jacob is the sweet muggle (or no-mag depending on where you’re from) and he just wants to open his bakery. Jacob is there for the fans, especially with his line of “I wanna be a wizard!” which is just what the entire audience are thinking at the same time. He is there as more than just the comic relief because he is a genuine character who cares about Newt and helps him, and of course develops a bond with Queenie. And at the end of the film when Jacob has to be obliviated, it’s heartbreaking to watch, however I have high hopes that he may remember everything in the next film!
Moving on to our female lead Tina, who is wonderful! I loved the interactions between Tina and Newt, and the fact that she used to be an auror is even more exciting, and when she wants to just be noticed again for what she does is adorable. Tina to me is an extremely strong character, being able to calm Credence down and also being the one that raised Queenie after their parents had died. The contrast between Tina and Queenie is lovely as well, both are amazing characters and they’re both extremely clever in their own little ways and I love them both. However I am very excited to see the relationship between Newt and Tina grow and develop. And as we know from J.K Rowling, the two do wind up married. (WHICH I LOVE!)
Queenie is one of the characters that I instantly fell in love with. From the first time I saw her, I knew that she was sweet and caring, and at first you do think that she is a little ditzy and not the smartest of girls however, you quickly learn her strengths and the fact that she is legilimens and you just know that she’s smart and that she’s a badass. Queenie was one of my favourite characters and I love her view on people, seeing if they’re givers or takers and knowing that Newt is someone is a giver, and that he’s kind. I am also looking forward to seeing more of Queenie and hopefully more of her relationship with Jacob as well.
The only thing that I was slightly disappointed in was the casting of Johnny Depp as Grindewald. I already knew that he was playing Grindewald but, I was a little disappointed when I found out that he was just using Graves as a disguise for him the whole time. Which leads me to wanting to know what happened to Graves.
However it was an amazing film and I will be buying it as soon as it comes out on DVD, watching it endlessly and watching all of the other films as well! The soundtrack (although not by John Williams) was amazing and had me in tears by the end, the acting was the best that it could be and I would not change it for the world and the story was amazing!
4.5/5 (Johnny Depp knocks it down by a half.)