Tonight’s TV evening is secured because the first Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is, despite the franchise’s current crisis, an extremely successful fantasy adventure in itself. Which is good, because we probably won’t see the end of the series.
On TV: The First Beasts Movie is an excitingly independent fantasy foray into the world of Harry Potter
The British magician Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is a “magizoologist” who has dedicated himself entirely to his love of magical creatures. However, when he travels to New York in the 1920s, a few of his fantastic animal creatures escape him and so he ends up on the radar of the American Magical Authority (MACUSA). With the help of the non-magical Jacob (Dan Fogler) and the witch Tina (Katherine Waterston), he tries to make amends for his misstep before the stern Graves (Colin Farrell) takes him to task. But perhaps there is a much larger conspiracy underlying all this?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
According to Deadline, the first Fantastic Beasts film cost between $180 and $200 million and made good use of its budget (as well as quadrupling its revenue to $816 million). What made the fantasy adventure so good was that fresh look at the well-known Harry Potter world: Because after the 8 films of the bespectacled magic student had hardly ventured beyond the English borders, the magic world was now opening up before our eyes in the USA to become an international community with cultural differences. And in a completely new (past) era.
Instead of school lessons and the danger of Voldemort, they moved here older characters with completely different magical problems as well as the amazing world of mythical creatures into focus. With an unusual main character (Newt Scamander is most likely autistic) and Colin Farrell, who is so playful that it gives him goosebumps, the spin-off found its successful tone between magical comedy and dark hints. The fact that the beast film always exuded a love of magic without (like the later parts) clinging to the connections to earlier Harry Potter parts made this start an extraordinary fantasy excursion.
Parts 4 and 5: Why the end of the Fantastic Beasts is probably no longer coming
Although Fantastic Beasts 4 and Fantastic Beasts 5 were planned to conclude the series, Things are currently bad about completing the 5-part story. After Part 2 fell short of financial expectations at the box office, the Harry Potter spin-off finally fell into crisis with Part 3. Johnny Depp’s replacement as Grindelwald and the JK Rowling controversy did the rest to make the third film the deciding factor on the future of Animals.
Fantastic Beasts franchise in ruins
If we now look back at the earnings of all films, Beasts 3 is the weakest entry in the entire Harry Potter universe with its $407 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Warner Bros. has not yet officially canceled the last two sequels. That the studio does In part 3, many storylines come to an early end and then commissioned a Harry Potter series as a remake, speaks volumes about the lack of confidence in further sequels for Newt and co.
Director David Yates recently revealed that Since Part 3, no discussions about further Animal Creatures sequels took place and the fantasy franchise was temporarily parked.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: This is how you can watch the fantasy film on TV and stream
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is today Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 8:15 p.m. on Sat.1 shown. If that’s too late for you or you missed the first TV broadcast, you can also catch the Sat.1 repeat on Sunday at 1:45 p.m.
Fantastic Beasts 1 is also only available to stream for a short time: At Amazon Prime * the fantasy film will disappear during February Sky/WOW * after February 14, 2024.
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