"German book adaptation is fun for kids too young for Potter."

"Early in this family-friendly German fantasy adventure, a character mentions Hogwarts, making the Harry Potter comparison so the viewer doesn't have to. But despite also being based on a series of popular books, School of Magical Animals does its own thing, and does it well. A cheerful and fun adventure for younger kids, the film keeps its focus tight and succeeds at everything it needs to. Its talking magical animals are all charming. While the adventure and mystery is exciting but low stakes enough to be suitable for the target audience. Most importantly, the characters all come across well and learn valuable lessons. Ida and Benni are both great young role models, and even kids who were at first mean are given the chance to show their true kindness. Brimming with positive feeling, this is a fun-packed movie that perfectly fits that pre-Potter audience."

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