Release date: 29/03/17
Format: UV DVD Blu-ray 4K 3D
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler
Try to cast your mind back to when Harry Potter wasn’t a household name. That may be challenging for us, but back in the mid-1920s it was simple, for the bespectacled wiz kid wasn’t even a glint in his parents’ eyes, as they too didn’t exist. Anyway, attentive HP fans will recognise the title of J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut, for it was a Hogwarts textbook. Now we meet its author, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). He’s a British magizoologist who’s visiting New York on his way to Arizona. He spends much more time in the Big Apple than intended, however, when a shiny thing-obsessed Niffler – a sort of echidna/duck remix – escapes his clutches. But bigger things are afoot as a darkness tears up the town. With disgraced auror Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), her Legilimens (at the risk of upsetting Snape, that’s mind-reading) sister Queenie and No-Maj (that’s American for ‘Muggle’) wannabe baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) in tow, Newt becomes embroiled in a gathering storm between the magical and non-magical worlds… and baked goods! Potterphiles will love this wild, fantastical adventure, as will anybody else in possession of a vivid imagination and lust for escapism.