Before I tell you why I loved this so much I do have to tell you that I am not a Harry Potter aficionado. I never read the books and only liked the first four films in the franchise. Every film after those four didn't appeal to me at all. I could tell even without having read them that many essentials elements from the book were poorly adapted and translated to the screen. And compared to the first movies they were horrible.
That being said Fantastic Beasts is two hours of non stop charm and fun as you go from one magical event to another. One thing you have to be aware of is though that this film is mostly spectacle and very little story. It even takes a while for the main story to take over but to be fair at least to me it wasn't that compelling. The beasts and how they interacted with the world and the main characters was what drew me in. A lot of attention is paid to them and their antics was enough to keep me glued to the seat. I liked how every beast had their own quirks but had their role to play amongst them and in the world they come from. Plus some of them like the niffler are exceptionally funny. Which brings me to the comedy. While the main events are dark and serious the majority of the events are light and comedic. But most important to note is that these events come natural and fit in this universe. It's not forced or exaggerated. Undoubtedly this also is due to the wonderful characters who as far as I can tell were perfectly cast except for one. Although that would be spoiler territory and perhaps also a little unfounded since it was the appearance of a certain actor who was in the movie for twenty seconds or so. So not that big of deal yet. Biggest surprise was Eddie Redmayne as Newt. He was charming as hell and managed to show depth about the character he was and what he stood for. Another character I liked was Kowalski (played by Dan Fogler) who gets propelled into this high octane adventure but never ever complains about it. Instead he embraces it and joins his kidnappers once he finds out that they are trying to do good. Alison Sudol as Queenie also impressed me. She has a nasty habit of invading people's minds without asking them and yet gets away with it because of her good nature,innocence and hotness. I am very aware that she could be considered a rapist but chill people the characters themselves have no problems with it so neither should you.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in essence is a roller coaster ride of thrills, spectacle and fun that very rarely lets down and is the type of movie that is made for the cinema. So bring on the sequel, I am ready.