Another side of Wizarding World: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ shocks Harry Potter fans

By Catherine Wiggins
Times-News correspondent 

Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) stars in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." / Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. via the Associated Press

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has shocked Harry Potter fans.
As you follow Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), the protagonist of this story, and his adventure to America that went horribly wrong, you begin to see another side of the Wizarding World.
If you have heard of Harry Potter, you know there’s a school called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and you may have automatically assumed that Hogwarts was the only school. But in reality, every continent has a wizarding school. America’s is Ilvermorny. Though only mentioned twice in the actual movie, J.K. Rowling explores Ilvermorny more on www.pottermore.com.
Rowling became intrigued by Scamander’s character when she was describing the textbook, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Harry Potter had to use at Hogwarts. So being J.K. Rowling, she wrote the actual textbook then the movie.
This new movie is the beginning of a new era of magic. New and old Harry Potter fans will be amazed by a world that is familiar but unfamiliar at the same time. Join the adventure and find your own fantastic beasts.
Running time is 133 minutes; rated PG-13 for fantasy action and violence.

Catherine Wiggins is a sophomore at Williams High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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