It’s no easy task to create a film in a universe as deep as Harry Potter’s, and while Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them vehemently succeeds in generating a unique, magical world, it fails in many other crucial areas that ultimately drag it down for all except the utmost fans of the franchise. Although Redmayne plays the titular character well enough, the rest of the secondary cast of actors don’t bode well with the film. For the most part, their roles feel forced into specific stereotypes or cliques, while others (such as Farrell) transmit their distaste or lack of interest for the Harry Potter universe through their dispirited acting. A point of positivity: some of the supporting actors, after having the time to develop their roles, accomplish the stance that the film wants to portray of them, and in the end manage to mesh in the film’s plot. Even so, David Yate’s work is inconsistent and somewhat incoherent, jumping from plot to plot with little cohesion between each part, and trying to do too many things at once (a long, unnecessary romantic arc, problems between classes, problems between light and darkness, problems between humankind and nature, etc.). Sadly, the world he created, although intricate and deep, feels out of place in the Harry Potter universe, and strays too much from what Rowling created and the previous pictures tried to represent. Alas, the message left to audiences is a welcoming (but dark) one, the fact that these apparently dangerous beasts are “surrounded by the most vicious creatures on the planet: humans”.