Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Film

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Explore a new era of the Wizarding World before Harry Potter. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets of 1926 New York, threatening to expose the wizarding community. Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures. When unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose, a band of unlikely heroes must recover the missing beasts before they come to harm, but their mission puts them on a collision course with Dark forces.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them DVD synopsis

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first of five planned films based on the supplementary book of the same name. The movie follows Magizoologist Newt Scamander, author of the aforementioned book, as he arrives in New York City with a case full of magical creatures and soon realizes that danger lurks around every corner of the city.

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Release Dates
Africa
Egypt – November 16, 2016
South Africa – November 16, 2016
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Asia
Cambodia – November 18, 2016
China – November 25, 2016
Georgia – November 17, 2016
Hong Kong – November 17, 2016
India – November 18, 2016
Indonesia – November 16, 2016
Israel – November 17, 2016
Japan – November 23, 2016
Kazakhstan – November 16, 2016
Kuwait – November 17, 2016
Lebanon – November 17, 2016
Malaysia – November 17, 2016
Pakistan – November 25, 2016
Philippines – November 17, 2016
Singapore – November 17, 2016
South Korea – November 16, 2016
Sri Lanka – November 25, 2016
Taiwan – November 17, 2016
Thailand – November 17, 2016
Turkey – November 18, 2016
United Arab Emirates – November 17, 2016
Vietnam – November 18, 2016
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Europe
Austria – November 18, 2016
Belgium – November 16, 2016
Bulgaria – November 18, 2016
Croatia – November 17, 2016
Cyprus – November 17, 2016
Czech Republic – November 17, 2016
Denmark – November 17, 2016
Estonia – November 18, 2016
Finland – November 23, 2016
France – November 16, 2016
Germany – November 17, 2016
Greece – November 17, 2016
Hungary – November 16, 2016
Iceland – November 18, 2016
Ireland – November 18, 2016
Italy – November 17, 2016
Latvia – November 16, 2016
Lithuania – November 18, 2016
Netherlands – November 17, 2016
Norway – November 18, 2016
Poland – November 18, 2016
Portugal – November 17, 2016
Republic of Macedonia – November 17, 2016
Romania – November 18, 2016
Russia – November 17, 2016
Serbia – November 17, 2016
Slovenia – November 17, 2016
Spain – November 18, 2016
Sweden – November 16, 2016
Switzerland – November 16, 2016
Ukraine – November 17, 2016
United Kingdom – November 18, 2016
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North America
Canada – November 18, 2016
Mexico – November 18, 2016
Panama – November 17, 2016
Puerto Rico – November 17, 2016
United States – November 18, 2016
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Oceania
Australia – November 17, 2016
New Zealand – November 17, 2016
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South America
Argentina – November 17, 2016
Bolivia – November 17, 2016
Brazil – November 17, 2016
Chile – November 17, 2016
Colombia – November 17, 2016
Peru – November 17, 2016
Uruguay – November 17, 2016
Venezuela – November 18, 2016
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Reviews

Fantastic Beasts Review: It Will Keep You Coming Back for More– By David Blaustein | ABC News | November 18, 2016, 9:25 a.m. ET

Fantastic Beasts Charts a New Path Through a Familiar World” – By Christopher Orr | The Atlantic | November 17, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them– By Josh Kupecki | The Austin Chronicle | November 18, 2016

The Harry Potter Prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Can’t Find Itself– By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky | A.V. Club | November 17, 2016

Film Review: Is Fantastic Beasts a Rowling Triumph?” – By Nicholas Barber | BBC | November 17, 2016

Fantastic Beasts Effectively Expands the J.K. Rowling Universe” – By Richard Roeper | Chicago Sun-Times | November 15, 2016, 7:00 a.m. CT

Fantastic Beasts’ Review: Eddie Redmayne and Company Make Magic in Potter Prequel” – By Michael Phillips | Chicago Tribune | November 15, 2016, 12:12 p.m. CT

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review: You’re a Wizard, J.K. Rowling” – By Matt Goldberg | Collider | November 17, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – By Common Sense Media

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review: The Wizarding World Maintains the Magic” – By Rosie Fletcher |  Digital Spy | November 18, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review” – By Helen O’hara | Empire | November 17, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review – J.K. Rowling Goes Steampunk” – By Peter Bradshaw | The Guardian | November 12, 2016, 9:30 p.m. EST

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Film Review” – By John DeFore | The Hollywood Reporter | November 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m. PST

Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts. Beyond Spectacular! Magic Sparkles Plenty” – By Carole Mallory | The Huffington Post | November 17, 2016, 11:18 a.m. ET

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review: A Mightily Impressive New J.K. Rowling Adaptation” – By Geoffrey McNab | Independent | November 14, 2016

Harry Potter Prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Casts a Faltering Spell” – By Justin Chang | Los Angeles Times | November 17, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Conjures up that Old Harry Potter Magic: Movie Review” – By Joe Dziemianowicz | New York Daily News | November 12, 2016

Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Unleashes J.K. Rowling’s Magic on Old New York” – By Manohla Dargis | The New York Times | November 17, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Review: Potter Prequel Gets Political” – By Peter Travers | Rolling Stone | November 15, 2016

Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts a Crowd-Pleasing Potter Prequel” – By Peter Hartlaub | SFGate | November 16, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review: J.K. Rowling’s Spectacular Feat of World-Building” – By Robbie Collin | The Telegraph | November 13, 2016

Review: Fantastic Beasts Is Sometimes Charming but Hardly Fantastic” – By Stephanie Zacharek | Time | November 15, 2016

Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Is an Enchanting ‘Potter’ Spinoff” – By Brian Truitt | USA Today | November 19, 2016, 10:33 a.m. EST

There’s Dark Magic in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – By Richard Lawson | Vanity Fair | November 16, 2016

Film Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – By Peter Debruge | Variety | November 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m. PT

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review: In Search of Monsters” – By Joe Morgenstern | The Wall Street Journal | November 17, 2016, 2:55 p.m. ET

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Hits the Harry Potter Reset Button” – By Michael O’Sullivan | The Washington Post | November 17, 2016

Accolades
Awards Won

Academy Awards

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Colleen Atwood

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films

Best Costume Design
Colleen Atwood

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards

Best Production Design
Stuart Craig
Anna Pinnock

Empire Awards, UK

Best Actor
Eddie Redmayne

Best Costume Design
Warner Bros.

Best Make-Up and Hairstyling
Warner Bros.

Best Production Design
Warner Bros.

Evening Standard British Film Awards

Editor’s Award

Golden Camera, Germany

Best International Actor
Colin Farrell

Online Film & Television Association

Best Production Design
Stuart Craig
James Hambidge
Anna Pinnock

Best Costume Design
Colleen Atwood

People’s Choice Awards

Favorite Year End Blockbuster

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

Best Costume Design
Colleen Atwood

St. Louis Film Critics Association

2nd Place: Best Art Direction
Stuart Craig
James Hambidge
Anna Pinnock
(tied with Jackie and La La Land)

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Nominations

Academy Awards

Best Achievement in Production Design
Stuart Craig
Anna Pinnock

AARP Movies for Grownups Awards

Best Screenwriter
J.K. Rowling

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

Best Fantasy Film

Best Make-Up
Nicky Knowles

Best Music
James Newton Howard

Best Production Design
Stuart Craig

Best Special Effects
Tim Burke
Christian Manz
David Watkins

Art Directors Guild

Fantasy Film

Best Supporting Actor
Dan Fogler

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards

Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
Tim Burke
Pablo Grillo
Christian Manz
David Watkins

Best Costume Design
Colleen Atwoord

Best Sound
Niv Adiri
Glenn Freemantle
Simon Hayes
Andy Nelson
Ian Tapp

Outstanding British Film of the Year
David Heyman
Steve Kloves
J.K. Rowling
Lionel Wigram
David Yates

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

Best Costume Design
Colleen Atwood

Best Hair & Makeup

Best Production Design
Stuart Craig
James Hambidge
Anna Pinnock

Best Visual Effects

Casting Society of America

Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Big Budget Feature – Drama
Jim Carnahan
Fiona Weir

Costume Designers Guild Awards

Excellence in Fantasy Film
Colleen Atwood

Empire Awards, UK

Best British Film
Warner Bros.

Best Visual Effects
Warner Bros.

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Art Direction/Production Design
Stuart Craig
James Hambidge
Anna Pinnock

Best Visual Effects

Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards

Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling – Feature-Length Motion Picture
Fae Hammond
Marilyn MacDonald

Best Period and/or Character Makeup – Feature-Length Motion Picture
Fae Hammond
Marilyn MacDonald

Best Special Makeup Effects – Feature-Length Motion Picture
Fae Hammond

International Film Music Critics Association Awards

Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film
James Newton Howard

Film Score of the Year
James Newton Howard

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

Best Art Direction
Stuart Craig
James Hambidge
Anna Pinnock

Best Costume Design
Colleen Atwood

Best Visual Effects

Online Film & Television Association

Best Visual Effects
Tim Burke
Pablo Grillo
Christian Manz
David Watkins

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

Best Production Design
Stuart Craig
James Hambidge

Publicists Guild of America

Maxwell Weinberg Award
Warner Bros.

Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

Best Movie

Teen Choice Awards

Choice AnTEENcipated Movie

Choice Fantasy Movie

Choice Fantasy Movie Actor
Eddie Redmayne

Choice Fantasy Movie Actress
Katherine Waterston

Visual Effects Society Awards

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature
(For the Niffler)
Luc Girard
Laurent Laban
Romain Rico
Gabriel Tremblay-Beauvais

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode or Real-Time Project
(For the Graphorn)
Michael Cable
John Montefusco
Andrew Rowan-Robinson
Shayne Ryan

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Tim Burke
Pablo Grillo
Christian Manz
David Watkins
Olly Young

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
(For “Virtual Reality”)
Karen Czukerberg
John Montefusco
Resh Sidhu
Corrina Wilson

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

Best Production Design
Stuart Craig
Anna Pinnock

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Trivia
  • The film was set in 1926, and skipped around from neighborhood to neighborhood in the rapid growing New York City.
  • This film was released 15 years and 2 days after Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone (2001).
  • Eddie Redmayne was the first and only choice for the lead role, according to J.K. Rowling.
  • “Kowalski” in Polish roughly translates to “average joe” and is a very common last name in Poland.
  • All of the lead actors were able to choose and design their own wands.
  • The Thunderbird is the only Ilvermorny House namesake to appear in the film.
  • The film introduced the American term for Muggle, “No-Maj,” plus the US version of the Ministry of Magic, MACUSA.
  • J.K. Rowling confirmed that the film “is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”
  • Faith Wood-Blagrove made her film debut with her role of Modesty Barebone, an orphaned “No-Maj.”
  • With the movie centered around four friends, one of them being a “No-Maj,” it was the first ever non-magical main character the franchise has had.
  • The movement director, Wayne McGregor, worked on both Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the Fantastic Beasts movie. He choreographed the now famous Newt Erumpent mating dance.
  • This movie produced possibly the most deleted scenes out of any of the Potter movies, including a scene in where Tina and Queenie sing the Ilvermorny school song.
Screenplay
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When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an original screenplay written by J.K. Rowling herself. It was Rowling’s screenwriting debut and was published on November 18, the same day as the film’s release. This is the first of five screenplays that she will personally write for the Fantastic Beasts film series.

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