Welcome to the roaring 20s and into the Wizarding World 70 years before the birth of Harry Potter. Fantastic Beasts is a sub-franchise of J.K. Rowling’s magical universe. We love adventuring into America, 1926. It’s awesome getting to see another part of the wizard community that isn’t in England.
Focusing on Newt Scamander, the author of the Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the franchise takes us to new and exciting places. We learn more about Scamander’s life and how he met his wife, Tina while on a stopover in New York.
Newt also meets no-maj (American term for Muggle), Jacob who becomes his version of Ron without the magic. The British wizard also meets his future sister-in-law, Queenie while dealing with his older brother, Theseus who is engaged to his former love, Leta. Talk about complicated family dilemmas at Christmas time.
Along the way, our heroes interact with a vast range of magical creatures while trying to stop the dark wizard Grindelwald, the Voldemort of the early 20th Century. We also journey to Hogwarts and meet a young Dumbledore who isn’t even close to being the headmaster we come to admire. He’s a young rebel who isn’t afraid to stand up to the Ministry of Magic.
Fantastic Beasts shows how different the wizarding world was before Harry’s birth. We even learn how our favourite characters came to be how they are during Potter’s time.
The franchise also dives into magical families we hear of in the Potter books but don’t get much information on. Heck, we even get a look into a branch of the Lestrange family tree that wasn’t explored before. That’s the family Bellatrix marries into, by the way. Bloody pureblood maniacs! Anyway, we can see why the psycho Black sister married into that family.