One of the characters in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them says that he knows he is not dreaming because he doesn’t have that good an imagination.
We are all fortunate that Joanne Rowling does have that good an imagination, which she shares with millions of people around the world.
We finally got to see this film, which is based in the travels of British wizard Newt Scamander, this morning and enjoyed it very much.
The visual effects are stunning, especially of the various “fantastic beasts.” Eddie Redmayne embodies Newt and I look forward to seeing him in the follow-on films.
Like most of Rowling’s work, the film deals with universal themes, among them, environmental and endangered species protection, the use and misuse of law and government, social inclusion/exclusion, abuse of power, abuse and neglect of children, and the greater power of love and friendship.
It’s not just a tale of magic.