'Fantastic Beast's' odd couple, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol

Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol star as Jacob Kowalski and Queenie Goldstein in FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

(KUTV) A witch and a muggle (or no-maj in this case) walk into a bar... It seems innocent enough, but in the 1920s mingling with the muggles, no-majs and otherwise unmagical beings was considered a dangerous and forbidden act.

It certainly wasn't the sort of thing you'd do in public. Queenie Goldstein is no ordinary wizard and Jacob Kowalski is hardly what you'd expect from a man without an ounce of magical blood in his system. She's lovely and makes a killer strudel. He's, well, he's a kind soul with dreams of opening a pastry shop. A man with the determination to chase down what he wants is apparently an attractive thing.

The duo, playfully played by Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler, are too warmhearted and accepting to notice that they're dancing along the edge of a great divide as wizards begin to wonder why they are forced to live in secret when humans are the weaker species.

J.K. Rowling has always been a champion of the outcasts, but she also respects their right to free will. What if Harry Potter had slipped his way into Syltherin and befriended Draco Malfoy and eventually defeated Voldermort so that he could be the ruler over wizards and men? Prophecies work in strange and wonderful ways.

Fortunately Rowling has a way of populating the fringes of her stories with characters that are simply good through and through. Luna Lovegood might not be the most popular of people, but she understands the value of love and friendship in a way that is envied by even the greatest of wizards. Queenie and Jacob are the best of us in the worst of times.

There are some serious themes lurking just beneath the surface of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Queenie and Jacob are the levity that the film needs and the actors behind them are equally delightful. Even Fogler's strange tangent where he confesses to be a wizard in his own mind takes the interview into the realm of absurdity.

The scary thing is, film critic Ryan Painter was able to find footage that supports his claims.


"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" hit theaters Nov. 18.

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