Wow, I had so many issues with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them that it’s hard to pick a starting point, really. I’ll preface the following with this disclaimer, though: I am not, and never have been, a fan of Harry Potter. Sure, I’ve seen all the movies, but despite trying to listen to Stephen Fry reading the first in the series, my exposure to the books has been nil. The movies were largely a hit and miss affair for me, ranging from pretty good (& The Prisoner of Azkaban) to mediocre (& The Chamber of Secrets). I’m certainly not a Harry Potter hater – the books came along at a time when childhood reading habits were plummeting, and Rowling was instrumental in the early development of the YA sector. So while I will never be a fan of the Potter phenomenon, I have a healthy respect for it. In saying that, my lack of any intricate knowledge of the Potterverse didn’t contribute to what I felt were shortcomings here.
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