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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ already celebrating great success

by Nadine Schwizer

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Source: Warner Brothers

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ premiered worldwide last weekend to the delight of Potter Heads.

The Harry Potter spin-off that is set in 1920s New York has already had huge box office success, taking a total of £15.3m over the weekend. The film has enjoyed the most profitable UK box office opening weekend of the year.

The film, written by JK Rowling, is set 70 years before the tales of Harry Potter and follows another English wizard and ‘Magizoologist’, namely Newt Scamander and his fantastic suitcase as they meander around New York City.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ wonderfully merges two dimensions, bringing together the nostalgia of the 1920s and the world of magic. Both these dimensions and the various beasts and creatures are brought to life through stunning digital effects.

The quirky yet strong cast created memorable scenes. Especially Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne brought his unique and captivating charm onscreen, which perfectly matched the nerdy character of Newt. However, the characters themselves seemed to lack in depth a little bit.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ is the first of a five-part series circling around the dark wizard Grindelwald – a name that is likely to ring bells among Harry Potter fans.

While there was only a minor focus on Grindelwald in this film, the ambiguous ending suggests the audience will be seeing more of him in the next four films.

In true Potter style, audiences have been left craving more.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is out in cinemas now.

Fringe box office project was “fundamentally flawed”

42-17657911By Vikki Graves

An independent report into the box office system failure at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe has criticised the Fringe Society’s “lack of strategic direction and transparency”.

The report, published today by consultants Scott-Moncrieff, says the replacement of the Fringe’s box office system shortly before the 2008 festival was poorly handled from start to finish.

The new software malfunctioned as tickets went on sale last June, leaving the Society unable to print tickets for show previews until just one week before performances began.

Permanent venues were able to market their own shows and sell tickets independently. A spokesman for the Traverse Theatre said their sales went up. “We had a really strong programme and seven out of ten of our shows were sold out every day”.

But ticket sales over the festival as a whole were down 10% on 2007 figures, in part as a result of the box office fiasco that left many small visiting companies without a means to print tickets.

Fringe director Jon Morgan called 2008 a “fantastic year”, but his resignation followed shortly after sales figures were released. As a result it was decided to modify the Fringe’s management structure and recruit a chief executive.

The Fringe Board of directors today released a statement welcoming the report. It says the recommendations are already being implemented as part of a system of changes to  “ensure that the incoming chief executive inherits an organisation that can reinforce the Fringe’s position as the biggest and best arts festival in the world with a box office system to match”.