A few months ago when it was announced that Warner Bros. were working on a movie all about the adventures of Newt Scamander – the author of a Hogwarts textbook – I was both ridiculously excited and nervous at the same time. Excited because this would be the first wizarding world-themed movie since the last Harry Potter since 2011. That’s five years fans spent thinking they’d seen the last ever movie and then all of a sudden, we have this amazing, deep and brand new story about a former Hufflepuff student who goes to New York City with a case of magical creatures. As a Brit, my major concern when I heard it was going to be set in NYC was that it was going to be totally Americanized and have no trace of its British roots. Rowling did not disappoint though, and the characters frequently joked about the differences between the two countries which made it more real and familiar. I assumed the film could go one of two ways – a total flop of a sequel or another perfectly executed masterpiece from JK Rowling herself.

After enjoying the movie so much that I’ve seen it three times since it came out, I can confirm that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was absolutely brilliant.

In fact, I would go as far to say that I have never enjoyed a film so much in my life. I left the cinema feeling euphoric and also guilty for ever doubting the undeniable talent of both JK Rowling and David Yates.

The movie was more like art. The way it was filmed, the special effects, the acting – you would have to be a very critical and hard-to-please sort of person to dislike even one tiny little detail of the film. It was witty, fascinating and dark yet hilarious.

Without giving away too much, what I can say is that the ending definitely left the story open and I am painfully excited for the next one.