Five years on from the series’s last film, JK Rowling and her minions have wisely put blue water between this new series and Hermione, Voldemort et al. Looking back to Jazz Age America and sending Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to New York, the bumbling 'magizoologist' promptly loses his luggage and all the magical critters therein. The resulting game of period Pokemon Go – and the ensuing political machinations by the wizarding authorities – will feel very familiar to anybody who grew up with the earlier series, but isn’t likely to make any new fans. Given that about half the planet follows Rowling like a demigoddess, that’s not too much of a problem – and Redmayne is a charming guide into this new corner of Potterworld. Times
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