Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: how Newt Scamander championed the realists

A shy liberal realist’s unorthodox adventure

Newt Scamander’s first step on American soil; little did he know that a hasty virgin trip would entail a tremendous journey across the city of New York. Bearing down a resplendent blue coat, he carries an orderly-looking suitcase which contains the world’s quaintest creatures, and no less, fantastic beasts.

His earnest view of an utopian world of magical beasts, bounded by the circle of habitats these ‘animals’ inhibit, is created by the magiczoologist, of which he treats them like an abundance wealth of joy.

In the remotest places of wizards and witches should be, he stumbled across a muggle-infested crowd in front of the New York’s central bank. In such circumstances, the first instance he befriends a witch, Porpentina Goldstein and surprisingly, a muggle, Jacob Kowalski. The tri-friendship consisting of two wizards of contrasting personalities, and a prudent muggle companionship was an essential perception that the ideology of liberalism was at work. The rest was history.

Credence Barebone was an American Wizard who lived as an adopted son of his mother, Mary Lou Barebone. Mary Lou Barebone, a muggle, was the leader of the New Philanthropic Society, an anti-magic group operated on the labour of children, which out-cried the separation and the anti-coherence of wizards and muggles.

An offensive and defensive realist in action: Mary yearn the power of security by lashing out anti-magic propaganda onto the muggle world, and by reaching to the media mogul, Henry Shaw Senior, of which she hoped he would publish her public propaganda on the newspaper, thereby increasing her rhetoric influence. Shaw Senior rejected the notion, and in the process the Barebone family was humiliated by Henry Shaw Junior, the New York City governor elect. The proper channels, rules and procedures in which the group had progressed through painstakingly, their benign requests were rejected.

It followed by the assassination of Henry Shaw Junior, during a night of fund-raiser, by Credence. The notion of norms, practices and rules in the society had failed to live up to its legitimacy, the realist that lived inside Credence could not hold back, in this anarchic society he perceived to live in.

The role of Percival Graves comes into play; the Director of Magical Security of MACUSA. A powerful auror with a vast amount of experience in the arts of duelling, he also headed the Magic Law of enforcement. A twist to the underlying identity of Percival Graves was upended by Gellery Grindelwald.

Gellery Grindelwald was one of the most dangerous dark wizards; he appeared in the slab of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, as a war monger, an offensive realist who seek global hegemony through the requisition of an obscurial.

By no means was he caught in disbelief that Credence was the obscurial, his ultimate aim was to harness the power of the obscurial, and regardless whether it cost the collateral damage it had done to the society; the broken trust and interdependence of which the magical and non-magical factions fundamentally believed in. The havoc that it brought unto the city, endangering the lives of wizards and muggles alike, prompted a clinical auror coercion to kill the obscurial.

Credence, unfortunately was killed, despite the desperate calls for laying down of arms. Gellery Grindelwald was subdued and captured, much to the help of Scamander and his fantastic beasts, thus ending a fascist saga waged by Gellery Grindelwald. His dystopian view of a world dominated by muggles: laws that are uphold to protect and benefit the muggles and the relative rhetoric of subjugation further emphasized by the provanence of an obscurial.

Here in the ending scene he releases ‘Frank’, a thunderbird, to cast a massive scale of memory charm, obliviate on the citizens. The peace once again had been restored, law and order was preserved and sovereignty as magically came undone was respected once again, but at the cost of an innocent soul, the life of Credence Barebone.

Sometimes broken things however small or big can be amended by the touch of magic: likewise a realistic conveyance of humanitarianism in the society.


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