Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Movie) Review PART 1: Characters

Hi! I thought I would do a movie review for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This review was inspired by emmmabooks’ review. As you can see from my past posts (alliteration!), emmmabooks is my favorite booktuber, so I get inspiration for my posts from her posts sometimes. (Ah, sorry if that sentence sounded awkward. A bit wordy, I know.)

Here’s the link to her channel if you want to check her out (you should—her posts are incredibly fun and interesting):

Okay, so it was recently brought to my attention that my posts are quite lengthy, and maybe people don’t really like reading long posts, so I’ll try to shorten them a bit in the future. But, this is a review, and reviews can’t really be short (at least not when it comes to me, as I have lots of thoughts on whatever I’m reviewing), so I’m going to have to make this one long.

Side note: I am making an effort to at least start shortening my posts, so I’m splitting this review into 2 parts. Part 1: Characters. Part 2: The Movie Itself.

If you really don’t want to read my long review, I’ll give you a short version. Here it is:

I enjoyed the movie very much! This is actually my favorite movie of the year. Though it had a few flaws, I’m willing to look over most of them. The one thing I wasn’t so satisfied with was the part where the rain rid people of their memories of the wizarding world. There were a few plot holes in that part. Other than that, it was fine. So, if you haven’t watched it yet, go watch it!

If you are one of the people who doesn’t like reading extremely long posts, that’s it. Hopefully you enjoyed it! ♪ ♪ ♪

Now, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t mind reading my long posts (I appreciate that, by the way), here is my actual review.

PART 1: Let’s start with talking about the characters.

Here are the characters I loved:

  • Newt Scamander (of course)
  • Jacob (who wouldn’t like this humble No-Maj?)
  • Queenie (everyone is right—she is like Luna!)
  • All of Newt’s fantastic beasts (ah—they were all so hilarious and adorable!)
  • Graves (look, he may have been evil, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t a good character)
  • Credence! (he’s just misunderstood)

The character I didn’t really like:

  • Porpentina  (I wanted to like her—I really tried)

What can I say about Newt? I have no words to describe how much I love him. He’s my darling, quirky little guy (okay, maybe he’s not little, but you know what I mean).

Oh, Jacob. The unsuspecting No-Maj who was pulled into the wizarding universe. He made me laugh so much. Well, I suppose it was destiny for him to learn about wizards. How else would he have met Queenie?

Speaking of Queenie, she was a great character. But, I’m going to have to be honest here. I know a lot of people like her because she’s like Luna, but there is only one Luna. And that’s Luna Lovegood. So, though I adored her kind, loving personality, she wasn’t my favorite character. But, I will admit, she would make an amazing friend!

On to Newt’s fantastic beasts. They were soooo cute and hilarious! And they were really LOVEABLE. Oh, the Niffler made me laugh so much in the movie theater. He was such a little pickpocket and thief! 😉 And the demiguise? I loved how—he? she? (aah, I’m so ashamed)—was like a mother to the Occamy! Oh, it just reminds me of family and the coziness a family and a warm home brings over the holidays. I just can’t stop gushing over the adorable creatures!

Shout out to Pickett, Newt’s favorite (yes, favoritism, oh well), super cute Bowtruckle!


Graves. I will admit to liking evil characters in books and movies. They’re just more interesting (no offense to the good characters). I don’t care if he was just some guy Grindelwald disguised himself as—Graves still has a personality. And a backstory. I just really want to know more about him. If I do say so myself, he was a pretty good bad guy. I’d say he’s actually better at being bad than Grindelwald (I know it’s odd, as they’re technically the same person).

Finally. We’ve gotten to Credence. You should probably get a mug of tea or coffee for this because this might be a long rant. *doesn’t look ashamed at all* Let’s get started!

Firstly, a lot of people are saying how Credence is evil and how he’s going to join forces with Grindelwald, but I do not believe he’s evil at all. He is just completely misunderstood. It is not his fault he’s an Obscurial. He tries so hard to control the obscurus. The only reason he let go of his control is because Graves betrayed him and he’s been hurt and betrayed so many times in his life! He couldn’t stop destroying the city because he no longer trusted anyone. He already had such little trust, and Graves killed it. So, those of you who are saying he’s evil, I greatly disagree (of course, you are still entitled to your own opinion). I will go as far to say that Credence was—is—my favorite character.

Oh. Well, that rant wasn’t as long as I thought it would be. Still—CREDENCE IS NOT EVIL. Have sympathy. The poor guy had been suffering his entire life!

Sigh. Now we get to Porpentina, or as everyone calls her, Tina.

I was so disappointed. I really thought I would like her. Obviously she was going to end up being Newt’s love interest, and I was excited for that. But, I just found her a bit… irritating at the beginning of the movie. I get that she was trying to do her job and I know she meant well, but I didn’t like the fact that she interrupted Newt’s important mission. Also, I don’t know if it was just the actress who played her or if it was the character itself, but I thought Tina was bland. Boring. She didn’t have much of a personality that stood out. Yes, I suppose wanting desperately to get her original job back is part of her do-good, determined attitude, but I still wouldn’t consider her to have a personality. She just wasn’t developed enough as a character for me. She was just… There. Something to move along the plot. To add romance. She didn’t really seem like her own person. Sorry if that didn’t make sense, but I think you get the gist. Hopefully, she grows in the next movie.

Okay. That’s the end of Part 1. Hopefully you enjoyed my review, and I’ll be posting Part 2 soon!

Bye! ♫ ♫ ♫

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