By a non film critic who just turns up to movies and enjoys them, or doesn't.

25 Nov 2016 - 5:09 PM  UPDATED 25 Nov 2016 - 5:11 PM


I’m not a film critic by any means. I’m just a person who turns up to movies that I might want to see and I either enjoy them or I don't. That’s how movies work for me.

So, just keep that in mind while I do my best to be constructive with my thoughts on the latest installment from the Harry Potter universe!

Some back story about my experiences with the Harry Potter world before I get into the meaty stuff...

When I was younger, I never really read the books (please, no pitchfork chases)! And the movies weren’t something I was ever hanging out for as a kid.

My appreciation for Harry Potter was a late blooming one, only really becoming prevalent in my life a few years ago. Since watching the movies, I now understand why so many people fell in love with the magical world that JK Rowling created.

These days, I’m a proud Slytherin, with a Phoenix core pinewood wand and a heron Patronus. If you fancy finding out what your Hogwarts house and Patrons are, I suggest checking out Pottermore – an online Harry Potter community. 

Now, when I was invited to the Sydney Premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I was no doubt excited but truthfully, I had no clue what to expect…

Here’s how it went down.

On Wednesday November 16, there was a Premiere screening in Sydney...

The cinema was decked out in awesome Fantastic Beasts set pieces and character posters. It was done up to immerse the guests into the magical world and, oh boy, it worked!

Once inside the cinema, the theme continued, with delightful goodie bags on every seat. Each one contained Newt Scamander’s scarf and wand!

Eventually, the lights dimmed, the movie begun and we were all sucked into the wizard world once more…

Once the film had ended, it was obvious from the smile on my face, that it had been an incredible journey. To me, this was one of the best films from the Harry Potter series. The sense of adventure in a whole new setting was the spark that reignited my passion for the magic world once again. The story is new and exciting, with a more adult feel to it. In my opinion, it’s a very worthy successor to the films and books that shaped a generation.

Although I am a Slytherin, I was proud to leave the cinema wrapped in the scarf of a Hufflepuff.

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them was incredible. I strongly recommend muggles, witches and wizards go and see it!


Until next time,



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