Hot Take: Mediocrity was not what I expected out of an offshoot of the Harry Potter series.
Am I interested in what happens next in the story of Newt Scamander and his fantastic beasts? Sure. The last 45 minutes of rather lengthy origin story saw to that. However, this isn’t the franchise restart I expected when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was announced as the successor of the Harry Potter franchise. The 132 minute origin story drags in places and while the fantastic beasts sparkle with personality, the latest slew of characters added to the world of wizards and magic created by J.K. Rowling don’t have the same appeal as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, Hagrid and the others we’ve left behind in the Harry Potter series.Read More →