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Fantastic Films and Where to Find Them

By Christine Goertz

Have you finished re-watching the Harry Potter films in preparation for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Here's a list of film favorites that also have magical qualities, sure to get you ready for the next Wizarding World installment.

  • Lord of the Rings.

    2002 by Peter Jackson

    This film trilogy is based on the epic series by J.R.R. Tolkien. With its dragons, wizards, and slew of otherworldly characters, this film series should delight many Potter fans!

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  • The Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    2006 by Andrew Adamson

    An imaginative adventure based on the series by C.S. Lewis, this film is reminiscent of Harry Potter in its lush landscapes and fantastical elements. Four siblings escape to the mysterious land of Narnia, which they can only enter through a magical wardrobe. While stuck there, they must gather forces to defeat a witch who has kept Narnia in a permanent winter.

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  • Inkheart

    2009 by Iain Softley

    Problems arise when Mo reads from a medieval story... and the characters come to life. This sets in motion a quest to find the book containing information on how to use his powers so he can send the trouble-making escapees back to their own world.

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  • The Spiderwick Chronicles

    2008 by Mark Waters

    A family moves into a decaying and mysterious old mansion that is located next to a magical forest. Naturally, one of the boys in the family manages to unleash the creatures that dwell there. How will the family escape when the goblins have the house surrounded?

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  • The Golden Compass

    2008 by Chris Weitz

    Based on Philip Pullman’s award-winning novel, this film is visually stunning. HP fans will appreciate the flying witches and the friendships that develop throughout the story.

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  • The Water Horse Legend of the Deep

    2008 by Jay Russell

    This enchanting film is set in the legendary Loch Ness of Scotland. A young boy named Angus finds a mysterious looking egg. Adventures abound when the egg hatches, revealing the fabled Water Horse of Loch Ness. Angus also finds it increasingly difficult to hide his new friend as Water Horses grow at a rapid rate!

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  • Bridge to Terabithia

    2007 by Gabor Csupo

    Two fifth-graders create an imaginary magical world full of monstrous creatures to rule over. Be prepared to cry your eyes out as you discover why these two friends find it necessary to escape to another world.

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  • Alice In Wonderland

    2010 by Tim Burton

    Fantasy at its most luxurious, this visual stunner is based on Lewis Carroll’s dreamlike novel.

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  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

    2005 by Bradley Silberling

    This film is based on the popular children’s series and is entertaining with its dark humor. Three orphans are sent to live with their relative, Count Olaf (played by an unrecognizable Jim Carey), who is solely interested in their inheritance.

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  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians the Lightning Thief

    2010 by Chris Columbus

    Rick Riordan’s bestselling series comes to life in a fun and exciting film based on the first book. Set in modern day, Percy discovers that he is the son of Poseidon and must recover Zeus’ lightning bolt in order to prevent a war between the gods.

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  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    2010 by Jon Turteltaub

    Balthazar, a modern-day wizard working in Manhattan, takes on a reluctant apprentice. This is an action-packed comedy with a lot of heart.

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  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    2009 by Robert Stevenson

    Last, but certainly not least, we have this under-rated Disney classic. Three adorable orphans team up with a witch and go on a heroic adventure. How do they travel around the country? On a flying bed of course!

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