By Abby Gray ’18

The highly anticipated film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has hit  theaters. The movie is at the top of box office sales passing ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Doctor Strange’ after bringing in $500 million. Not only did it have enormous sales, but admirable reviews, including a 77% from Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie is a prequel to the very famous, “Harry Potter” series, and was directed by J.K. Rowling, the prominent other of the original series. In 2001, Rowling released the book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” as a “copy” of a textbook mentioned in the first “Harry Potter” book. The book was in a textbook format, and described different beasts from the wizarding world.

The movie is based around the journey of the fictional “author” of the textbook, Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) as he intends to briefly stop in New York City after traveling around the world to document fantastic beasts and ends up in a disastrous situation involving the escape of some of his beasts into the city.

Not only was the movie a success among professional critics, but fans of the original Harry Potter series. Junior Maggie Morris is a die hard “Harry Potter” fan, and was very impressed with the film.

“J.K. Rowling can turn anything into a magical experience, and she did that with the textbook,” Morris said.