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|Originaltitel:||Fantastic Beasts and where to find them|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 133 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Seventy years before a certain sorcerer named Harry Potter had to fight the evil Voldemort, the young sorcerer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) came to New York in the course of his exploration of magical creatures. But he couldn't have chosen a worse time, since the magical world here is in turmoil right now. A dark power haunts the city again and again, leaving traces that are hard to hide from the No-Majs - the American name for Muggles. It must not happen now in any case that the No-Majs learn of the existence of the magical world, which at the moment still exists peacefully next to theirs. But now of all times an unfortunate incident occurs, through which No-Maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) comes into possession of Newt's suitcase full of fantastic animal creatures and accidentally releases some of them. Now the young magician, No-Maj and Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), who is trying to get her old job as Auror back, have to do everything to catch the magical creatures again before they do any damage that could lead to an open confrontation between magicians and No-Majs…
With "Fantastic animal creatures and where to find them", successful author J.K. Rowling and director David Yates back to the world of "Harry Potter". However, without Harry, Hermione, Ron and Co., since the new story takes place in New York in 1926. There are some allusions to Hogwarts and Dumbledore and also Gellert Grindelwald, whose name fans of course already know, plays a not insignificant role. Besides, what Rowling designed here is a whole new world. It has its own charm, but there are some important elements missing that have made "Harry Potter" so popular and successful. On the one hand there are figures like Harry and his friends, who were especially important identification figures for young readers/viewers. Although Newt Scamander is extremely likeable, he will never be the hero that Harry was for children. He's too cranky and too much of a wizard for that, too. Harry was, despite all his abilities, above all a normal boy, who grew from history to history at his tasks. And such a character is noticeably missing from the film.
What also makes itself felt negatively is that the story is almost completely set in the world of the Muggle - sorry - the No-Majs. This makes clear what an important and central role a magical place like Hogwarts plays for the world of "Harry Potter" with all its enchanting little details. The fact that there is no comparable place in the new history is literally a lack of a certain magic. Moreover, the overburdened finale can't really convince, as it reminds of superhero destruction orgies like "Batman v. Superman" rather than the "Harry Potter" movies. And that feels somehow inappropriate for a fan of the series.
So much for the criticisms. These sound worse than they actually are. Even though "Fantastic animal creatures and where to find them" doesn't play in the same league as the "Harry Potter" movies, it's still a very entertaining, magical and visually impressive work, that lives on some very nice ideas, an imaginative set and very good actors. Eddie Redmayne is as a magic nerd with a soft spot for fantastic animal creatures perfectly cast and with Dan Fogler was found a more than sympathetic sidekick for him. Especially the budding romance between Jacob and Tina's sister Queenie (Alison Sudol) is an enormously charming part of the movie, which gives him exactly the soul that the CGI-Overkill misses in the finale.
There is a lot of humor, especially regarding the sometimes very cute, sometimes a bit crazy magical animal creatures. This is quite child-friendly, which you can't necessarily say about the rest of the movie, though. The release from 6 years is not really appropriate in view of some very dark moments. For children under 10 years the film is absolutely not to be recommended. Otherwise, however, the whole thing has become a really thrilling fantasy adventure for young and old, which represents a promising start into a new series (a total of five movies are planned). If in the next part you dive even deeper into the magical world and use less unnecessary CGI-action, nothing stands in the way of the big success anymore. Therefore - in spite of some weaknesses - the following applies: Absolutely worth seeing!
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