We survey our selection of reviewers to check out how the Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them, is being received.

The film tells the story of writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) whilst in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards. This is seventy years before Harry Potter reads his text book in school.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them theatrical release dates

  • Australia and New Zealand: November 17th 2016
  • US, Canada and UK: November 18th 2016

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Fantastic Beasts and where to find them – Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) ©2015 Warner Bros

Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them review by Manohla Dargis

Some of the behind-the-scenes gang are back, including the director David Yates, who has brought some of his old Potter crew with him and gives this new machine a steady, smooth hand.

This is the first of five projected Fantastic Beasts features — the book [that the story is based on] could pass for a product catalog for potential merch. One that Ms Rowling embellishes with comedic passages, glimmers of romance and parallel action scenes.

Rating: 4.5 Stars, from our reading of his review Full Review