300-word print review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Bros.) for the 18th November edition of The Oxford Paper from Taylor News.

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Excerpt:“Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) glides straight through US immigration control with a nervous grin and magnificent, petrol blue trench coat, and steps out into a wonderfully realised, rose-tinted New York city.

His battered briefcase is secretly a portable menagerie of fantastical creatures of all shapes and sizes (Mary Poppins, eat your heart out), not allowed under current American wizarding law. Any hopes of staying under the radar are quickly dashed as he bumps first into wannabe baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), a ‘No-Maj’ or non-magical person, then witch-in-disguise Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) at the very moment a few of his precocious pets burst right out of the suitcase.”

Director: David Yates

Writer(s): J.K. Rowling

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, John Voight, Samantha Morton, Johnny Depp