The Harry Potter movies are some of the most popular films in the world with millions of fans who know the movies (and the books) back and forth. Now J.K Rowling is sharing with us a new story, one that’s set several decades before Harry Potter’s time and those are the Fantastic Beasts movies. Only two have come out so far and neither has risen to the exact mystique and storytelling level that the Harry Potter films achieved with such ease but there is certainly enjoyment one can find with these movies.
I personally like the films because of the characters. They’re engaging and have interesting enough storylines to keep me holding on to the overall story by a thread.
Because I like these characters so much I decided to make them part of this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? Enjoy!
With an undeniable charm, a knack for mind-reading, and an unshakable love for a certain no-Maj, Queenie Goldstein is a complex character whose complexity will surely grow in the third installment in this franchise.
Demoted to a low position in MACUSA (The Magical Congress of the United States of America) because of doing what she thought was right–protecting a young orphan from an abusive no-Maj mother–Tina Goldstein is a heroine worth getting behind.
Becoming the Ron-equivalent of comedy relief in this new franchise, no-Maj Jacob Kowalski is a character that’s not only lovable because of the humorous aspect he brings to the story but because he can find a way to be that hero his friends may need him to be.
The older brother of the main protagonist Newt Scamander, Theseus Scamander, decided to take the more respected path in the Wizarding World by becoming a war hero and then eventually Head Auror of the Ministry of Magic. His relationship with his younger brother is a bit strained due to their slight rivalry (plus it didn’t help matters that he would become betrothed to Newt’s long-time crush, Leta Lestrange) but when tragedy strikes their familial bond would prove stronger than past disagreeances.
Credence Barebone is one of the most complex characters in the Fantastic Beasts films. He’s one of the few people in history to be cursed as an Obscurial–a dangerous creature that destroys everything it comes into contact with–without dying at a young age. As Percival Graves a.k.a Grindelwald told him, “To survive so long, with this inside you Credence, is a miracle. You are a miracle.”
Gellert Grindelwald tried to use the young man to extend his growing army in the Wizarding World and managed to succeed. Now it’s been revealed that Credence is actually a long-lost member of the Dumbledore family, making Barebone’s story only that much more interesting.
With a deep but severed connection to Newt Scamander and a tragic past, Leta Lestrange’s story in The Crimes of Grindelwald was heartbreaking, to say the least.
While he may be no Voldemort his plan for turning every No-Maj and Muggle into Wizards’ personal slaves is truly horrific. Unlike Voldemort, he doesn’t use fear to coerce his followers but instead a seductive kindness that has already claimed two of the story’s “heroes” so far. And with the Elder Wand in his possession, it’s very clear that his power far exceeds many wizards besides an old friend of his, the infamous Albus Dumbledore.
Albus Dumbledore helped guide young Harry Potter in his journey against the growing presence and power of Voldemort and now he returns, in these prequel films, in a slightly similar role to Newt Scamander. As a mentor to Scamander and a hero against Grindelwald’s forces, we’ll finally get to delve deeper into the mystery that is Albus Dumbledore over the course of the next three Fantastic Beasts movies (and we’ll get to learn how he obtained the Elder Wand.)
Newt Scamander can be a little eccentric and a real pain in the butts for wizarding authorities but one thing that can’t be denied about the young wizard is his love for delightful creatures and his fascinating heroism. His tale in this story is only growing more important and I’m very interested in seeing where this journey takes him next.
So, these are all of the main characters in the current Fantastic Beasts films. As always for this series, I must ask the question, Who’s Your Favorite? For me, my undoubted favorite character is Newt Scamander. Eddie Redmayne is the perfect actor to play him, for he truly brings that odd, nervous and frenetic energy to Scamander that makes him instantly lovable and unique. Albus Dumbledore sits at a close second simply because it’s fascinating to get to learn more about the future Headmaster of Hogwarts.
I can’t wait to share news about the third installment of the Fantastic Beasts films in the future. That’s going to be so much fun.
I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on this topic for Who’s Your Favorite? in the comments below.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a magical day.