The Monstrosity That Became ‘Fantastic Beasts’

The cast of Fantastic Beasts 2 dressed as their characters in front of a blue dark background.
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In November 2016, Potterheads all over the world, including myself, rejoiced at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Following the adventures of Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne), a quirky but charismatic Hufflepuff with a deep love for magical creatures, the movie was described by Warner Bros. as “an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world.” It was directed by David…