J.K. Rowling’s new movie provides “enchanting story”

Hannah Zimmer

by Staff Writer Hannah Zimmer

After five years of waiting, Hollywood has given “Harry Potter” another glimpse into the magical world with the movie release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Nov. 18.

When Rowling wrote her first book, “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone” in 1997, the story focused on an 11-year-old boy.

For the first time, Rowling and producer David Yates have created a story focused on adult characters.

The magic was revitalized in a breathtaking manner that made me feel as if I was experiencing the wizarding world for the first time.

The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler. Johnny Depp even has a small role.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” focuses on Newt Scamander’s journey to New York City in search of a magical creature. With him, Newt brings a briefcase full of the fantastic beasts he found on his previous escapades.

The splendor of 1920s New York fascinates Newt. While he is in awe, Newt becomes sidetracked and accidentally switches his briefcase with another man’s bag.

The man who takes Newt’s briefcase is a “nomag” named Jacob. In other words, Jacob is a “muggle,” a human with no magical powers.

Naturally, the magical creatures wreak havoc for Jacob and escape into the city.

The beasts of the film were an array of cute, wide-eyed creatures, mischievous escape artists and invisible culprits. Newt sought to educate the wizarding world on the beasts’ skills and the benefits that could be obtained from them.

Along with the enchanting story, producers somehow managed to also incorporate a pressing social issue that can even us muggles can relate to.

Newt mentions the American wizards did not permit their kind to marry or even befriend humans.

Throughout the film, the audience watched as the main characters created bonds regardless of who they were. The characters’ defiance of the law was refreshing to witness as we still face similar problems today.

In his quest to find the beasts, Newt encounters a witch named Tina who works for the American equivalent of the Ministry of Magic.

Newt, Tina, Tina’s sister Queenie and Jacob team up to find the creatures. Simultaneously, there is a much larger problem happening in the city.

Without giving too much away, people believe there is a child in the city who has a dark force. They call the force obscurus. This powerful force is a result of the suppression of magic.

Corrupt leaders in the Magical Congress of the United States of America search for the child with the obscurus to harness that power and manipulate the child.

As it ended, I realized the writers left many questions unanswered. This is understandable because this is the first in a five-part series. I certainly hope so. I never want Rowling’s magic to end.

I highly encourage people to go to a theater and experience the magic firsthand. I give “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” five out of five gold stars.