Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Action & Adventure • PG-13 • Directed by: David Yates • 133 minutes

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Viewer reviews

Dr Doolittle meets Dr Seuss
★★★★
It was like Dr Doolittle meets Dr Seuss and teamed up. — Anonnonandon

It's ok but...
★★★★★
It's missing the "magic" that made the Harry Potter films so great. — pholly

A neat spin off yet original
★★★★★
From beginning to end this movie was fun and quirky. The new characters were eccentric and impossible to not love! Looking forward to the next installment. — Ariauna

Boring!
★★★★
If you're a child then it probably would be very likeable. Otherwise, it is boring and unbelievable. — Berkeley Rooster

Boring
★★★★
Nothing really happens until the third act. The third act is a sudden cramming of new characters and backstory. Awful movie. — familybenner

wow
★★★★★
awesome movie — zacx90

Best Movie Ever!!!!!
★★★★★
I just love this movie, my new fav — Fbfntbidntvhfbfh

Great movie with no background on book.
★★★★★
I have absolutely never read the book and didn't know what the book was about before watching movie. You just need to know the Harry Potter themes to understand whole story. I thought the movie did a good job cause it saved me some time from reading the book. Visually stunning as well. — Jacky jensen

Terrible
★★★★
Terrible movie. Boring, bad plot, dark, and slow. Don't waste your time or money. I want my money back! — CarrieFidance

Sleepy
★★★★
Fell asleep, took two days to finish it. — Slppp

Sad.
★★★★
This is a horrible film, can't see why anyone would like it. — A Bag Of Weed

Fantastic Movie
★★★★★
Cannot wait for the next one ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ — Britneyfan54

Great movie!
★★★★★
I loved it! — Landreaf11

I loved it!!!!! 💜
★★★★★
This movie was amazing, I saw it and it did not disappoint. — Emsmotaa

Fun
★★★★
The movie is fun, but not fantastic. — Aharefaster

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them
★★★★★
So much better than Harry Potter. I hope they make 7 more movies for the series — Amarchena

Review
★★★★★
Movie was incredible! A little slow at times but the story and production was on point. Everyone loves an animal lover and this portayal of him was perfect. Must watch. — TreySorell

Two words: THE BEST
★★★★★
This was an amazing addition to the Harry Potter series which I LOVE and it's amazing how well they did everything just an amazing addition to the series HIGHLY RECOMMENDED — lionlev

A New Beginning!!
★★★★★
I am so happy that we get five new wizarding films! — Moviegal

Fantastic of course!!
★★★★★
The cast is perfect, especially Eddie Redmayne! The plot is endearing and the creatures are adorable and magnificent! — psy1744

Amazing!!!
★★★★★
Can't wait for the next one — Silvamommy

Marvelous
★★★★★
Every bit of it 👍🏻 — Edweird

Disappointing
★★★★
This movie is soooo boring. Didn't like it! — MariaLQS

I LOVED IT SO MUCH
★★★★★
THis is a wonderful movie. I do not think that the other ratings sum up the movie. You should get it if you love harry potter, or if you just want to see it. I would give it ten stars if I was able to. — kitten_meow_harry_potter

Told with Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing
★★★★★
Somewhere in this mess is a plot. You know there is some sort of bad guy in the story somewhere as well, but they don't bother with developing this to any degree. This movie is a sequence of CG FX mixed in with chatter and a lot of running about. It is one of those movies where the components for a good movie were present, but the director simply wasn't up to the challenge. Harry Potter fans will like it because it adds substance to the HP universe, but in terms of storytelling, plot, and character development, this is about as limp as they come, "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." I have never encountered a film better suited for that description. Ever. — Furutan1

Worthy successor
★★★★★
Should be a great series — Trustworthy 55

Great movie!
★★★★★
I had high expectations. It doesn't disappoint. — SolemnPhoenix

One of the best HP movies
★★★★★
As a HP fan since I was in the fourth grade, I was ridiculously excited to see a new addition to the wizarding world. I saw the movie the first weekend it was in theaters, and I was blown away by the quality of this movie. Not only is the story masterfully crafted by JK amazing, but the special effects, cast, and new creatures are wondrous! Having this movie conveniently on my phone is awesome. — Me69253

Good movie-not great.
★★★★
The casting is excellent and the beasts are wondrous. The set designs are true to the period but there is little warmth to them. I had hoped the main majesty would be more intricate and engaging, but it is more technical and cold with an art deco feel. The plot is fairly good but not great. I suspect the next movie will be considerably better. — storytellerstudios

Magic has returned!
★★★★★
My wife and I watched this awesome epic last night for the second time. It's packed with so much fun, adventure, and wit, we had to watch it more than once to see it all. Love it. JK please continue to do what you do best! — oldefunk57

Fantastic!
★★★★★
Such a terrific extension of the magical world! Bravo to David Yates and J K Rowling for a superb job once again! — Mrtemple

What imagination!
★★★★★
I reluctantly went to this movie and was blown away with the special effects and it kept you guessing where it was going to take you to next. Isn't that what you want from movies? It's not a documentary, it's an enjoyable fantasy to escape for awhile. Bottom line, it's well worth watching — Acoustic Montana

Where to begin?
★★★★★
This movie, where can I begin? In my opinion, it's become one of my top favorite movies of all time. Newt Scamander is so relatable to someone with social anxiety. I love the adorable little creatures. Without spoiling it, I actually guessed the ending in the theater with my best friend. I rate this movie 5/5 because it's become my second favorite Harry Potter movie after sorcerer's stone. — Goober771

Can't view
★★★★
This is the second movie that I've rented or purchased from iTunes that I cannot watch. I paid for the initial pre order, $16.04 was taken from my account. But I'm not able to download. Super bummed, Apple. — Laurenhasaposse

Freaking amazing!
★★★★★
I absolutely loved this movie!! — Olayerster

One happy Potterhead
★★★★★
I thought my life was over when all the books and movies were over. This resuscitated me. — corinnemvano

Horrible
★★★★
This was a hugely missed opportunity for both WB and Rowling to really inspire a new audience. Tragically, the story is fataly fragmented and poorly executed. The characters lack depth and the story is so choppy you'll wonder if you're looking at the cuts or if this is really what the director intended. Even excellent CGI can't save this movie from the disconnected plot and subplots. JKR may be looking to extend another franchise but Warner Brothers can't make this work. — The Lost Trail

I think they did a great!
★★★★
I have to say that it was great to see how it all got started. It was so nice to see the story bloom into what it is in the Harry Potter World. Acting was great, and the store line was good. — Mez Joseph

You should review Deathly Hallows before watching this one
★★★★★
For anyone who not only saw all 8 Harry Potter movies, but also read the books - this movie is great. It is like going back in time in the wizarding world and gets you excited for seeing what is some of what adult wizards we met in the Harry Potter series were doing before Harry's parents were alive. — amina424

Love!
★★★★★
Such an amazing movie — BrianTrader

Potterverse
★★★★★
More CGI than story. Okay but far from overwhelming. I liked it within limits but nowhere near as good as the Harry Potter series. JK Rowling ties up the loose ends and all's well that ends well. Yes, I'll probably watch it again. — Pete the bard

LOVE LOVE LOVE
★★★★★
Absolutely LOVE this movie! Newt Scamander is such a fabulous character. Being back in the Harry Potter world is such a wonderful feeling! — Jacksawsonsgrl

my wig flew away so far
★★★★★
THE BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!! — EllieGoulidng_412

Brilliant!
★★★★★
This movie makes me happy. It is sweet, creative, beautiful, and it has a great twist at the end! What more can you ask for? For any of you who are looking for some more magic in your life, this is it. Highly recommend! — Wick's mom

this SUCKED BIG YOU KNOW WHAT
★★★★
BAD BAD BAD — simpleeasy1

Wonderful and Magical
★★★★★
I really enjoyed this movie from start to finish. I thought the characters were great, and I loved seeing the beasts. It’s great to be back in the magic. — tntviator

MAGICAL, AMAZING, UNFORGETTABLE
★★★★★
I was so excited for this movie and when I watched it, I thought it was AMAZING. The story, the picture, and the actors, everything was just as magical as Harry Potter. Welcome back magic with this incredible movie😍😍😍 — Candy Corn😜

Simply fantastic
★★★★★
Amazing! The wizarding world has returned in all of its glory in Fantastic Beasts. Feels like we won't even get to FB5 because it's so much waiting! Eddie Redmayne takes the spotlight in this action packed world we would all be a part of. — CinemaRates

Amazing
★★★★★
💙💙💙 — Şamxal

Fun for all and all for fun
★★★★
Must see entertainment for all. The film is highly enjoyable if a great Cast and a good script. I'm looking for two more properties from J K Rowling moving forward. — cjnwo4life