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We first enter into the world of Newt Scamander, a seriously difficult name which requires several verbal reiteration before one can finally remember. He's a little socially awkward, but he has an immense care for fearsome creatures that are far too often misunderstood by his 'fellow wizarding community'. Here are some of the few values which I think J.K Rowling is trying to drive at:
1. Suppression of one's powers can cause undesirable consequencesIn this movie, we see a number of creatures that are neither human, wizard nor beast. It is an unstable power produced by young witches and wizards, who have sought to suppress the use of their powers because they lived in a time where people killed anything magical. This suppression gives birth to a 'black wind with eyes', that could cause terrible destruction beyond anyone's control. Was this idea birthed by J.K Rowling's dark times where her creativity was suppressed? Clearly, the moral lesson here is not to restrict someone's talents but to let him or her flourish with their powers ethically. Sometimes, we just have to let go and see what happens.
2. The harsh reality - Achieving your dreams won't be easyJacob Kowalski [a "no-mag (no magic) person" or a muggle], is a world war I veteran who aspires to open a bakery with his grandma's recipe. Here we see him trying to get a bank loan, only to be coldly refused because the bank simply isn't a charity and needs collateral. The friendly chap enthusiastically shares his baked goods, but the cold-hearted banker said 'there are machines to do 1000 of that in an hour'. I wonder if this scene was inspired by J.K Rowling's thoughts when she was turned away with her manuscripts for Harry Potter?
3. The law does not bend for people, but people can change the lawWe see Katherine Waterson, an intelligent investigator who is righteous and upholds the laws of the wizard community in New York. There were some plot twists and turns, here and there, and her character grows as she learn how to depend on and trusts her fellow community.
While the movie is set at a different time period from Harry Potter's, the narrative about bravery, chivalry and persistence remains the same. The villain is a wizard hungry for power and recognition, though not much of background story is covered for the enemy. If you're going to watch it, don't expect it to be at the same level of Harry Potter because the plot is now set in a totally different part of the world.
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