Gut Reactions to Fantastic Beasts: the Magic is Back (Spoiler-Free)

FB 5by Emily Strand

Just got back from watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with six other Columbus, OH Potterphiles at the Grandview Theater and Drafthouse. (What a gorgeous, hip, friendly venue – like Studio 35, but fresh from the spa.)

We were thoroughly satisfied with our viewing experience. The film is magic.

Reaction #1: Nifflers are the most adorable fantastic beasts ever. Just give them the shiny things they nifflerdesire, no questions asked. They deserve them.

Reaction #2: I think the name and the character “Credence” are really significant, metaphorically speaking.

Reaction #3: That No-Mag nearly made off with the show, as well as Newt’s case.

Reaction #4: There was a very Tolkienian giant eagle in this movie.

Reaction #5: The film is not always flattering of Americans. But why should it be? And sometimes it is, if you squint and tilt your head.

These were simply gut-reactions. The Hogwarts Professors will be posting full reviews of Fantastic Beasts in the coming days and weeks. Meanwhile, we can’t wait to hear your reactions. Share them (spoiler-free for now, if you please) below.

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  1. This has to be my second favourite piece in the week, i’m not able
    to’t tell you the top, it may offend you!

  2. Emily Strand says

    Abigail, I’m glad you liked it (if you mean the post) and I assure you, I’m not offended by anything… well, that’s not true, but the things I’m offended by usually have to do with people not following the rubrics at Mass…

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