Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Delightful but dark Potter prequel is more grown-up.

PG-13 2016 133 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 46 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 139 reviews

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age 8+

Fun and adventure for the whole family!

So many of the reviews of this movie here seem very conservative in their age recommendations. My husband and I watched this movie with our 8-year-old and our 10-year-old. Granted, both of our kids have read all of the Harry Potter books and then saw all of the Harry Potter movies. As a parent I enjoyed Fantastic Beasts much more than I enjoyed the Harry Potter movies, which paled in comparison to the books. Fantastic beasts is funny, exciting and very pleasant to watch given the costumes and time period. Some reviewers have complained about the sexual innuendos. I found them very mild, if noticeable at all to children. There certainly is a lot of adventure, and fighting, and yes, death. Seeing as our kids had already experienced all of Harry Potter this was not an issue for them but if your kids have not seen those movies or read the books this could be too much for them. Don’t let the reviews here scare you off from watching this with your kids. Just keep in mind how they did with Harry Potter and what specific concerns you might have, as all kids are different.
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age 8+

Imaginative parallel to Potter’s world.

The whole family loved this. We are both Potter die hards and uninitiated. I was enjoyable to both sets. My 8 year old did ask lots of questions, but was not bothered by the wizard violence.
2 people found this helpful.

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