It is hard to imagine that a Harry Potter movie without Harry Potter can be great.  However, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them proves that a great imagination, a rich story, and interesting new characters can serve to expand the magical world, make it enjoyable to both existing fans and newcomers, and most important of all, superbly entertaining.  With the advances of CG since the first Harry Potter movie in 2001, the action sequences, the magical world and effects in this prequel are even more spectacular.  This is also the first time in my life that I’m happy to see a cockroach on screen.  There is no better word to describe this movie: Fantastic.

Note: the character Gellert Grindelwald appears in this movie, and presumably will have a larger role in the sequels.