Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is already making a strong impression at the box office, taking $218.3 million across the globe in its opening weekend. Fans have been eager to re-enter the wizarding world that Rowling started with the Harry Potter series, and Fantastic Beasts has now given us some new characters to enjoy.
The overall plot of Fantastic Beasts is quite dark, and sets the franchise up nicely for the four movies yet to come, but there was also a much warmer subplot running through the movie, and it involved the very beginnings of two new couples. While Newt Scamander was too shy to make any kind of move on Tina Goldstein until their final few moments together, his newfound friend, No-Maj Jacob Kowalski, and Queenie (Tina's sister), were quick off the mark with their flirting.
Jacob and Queenie's budding romance was a joy to watch, and also sad to see come to an end. The brief glimmer of light at the end of the movie, where an oblivitated Jacob smiled confusedly at Queenie and touched his Mertlap bite, was all we needed to hope that there's more of this pairing in the sequel. Both characters are endearing, happy people who would do anything to help their friends and family out, and Jacob in particular is proving to be a big hit with audiences. However, talking to Cinemablend, director David Yates revealed that two scenes were cut involving Jacob, and the first of those revealed he had a fiancee.
Describing it as "the most beautiful scene, tender and very funny," Yates says the scene saw Jacob returning home to his apartment after failing to secure the loan for his Bakery, where he relays the sad news to his fiancee, Mildred. She then hands him back her ring and walks away. Yates explains that they got rid of it as the audience "didn't need a reason to fall in love with Jacob," since Dan Fogler gave such a great performance.
The second scene that was cut involved Jacob, Queenie, Newt and Tina, when they all enter Newt's briefcase. Yates had Alison Sudol write an alma mater song for Ilvermonry, and the scene involved her and Tina teaching the song to Newt and Jacob. Ultimately, though, the song was cut because "At that point in the story, there's a lot of stuff going on outside," and it seemed a little strange that all four would sit down to sing a song together.
Of course, there's still a chance that we might see either or both of those scenes on Blu-ray or DVD, and we might also get a look at a deleted scene involving Credence Barebone, too. In fact, Yates insists that all the deleted scenes were well worth watching, and were only cut because the story flowed better without them in. So, it sounds as though we might expect a long list of extras when Fantastic Beasts comes out on home release.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) release date: Nov 18, 2016
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018