Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Global Fan Event

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Fantastic Beasts Global Fan Event
TCL Chinese Theatre
Hollywood, California
October 13, 2016
My Shirt, wand and \”reserved\” sign
I had obtained a pass good for two people to attend the Global Fan Event which was happening during the middle of the day on a weekday in Hollywood.  The event was having events in various cities all over the world.  The Los Angeles event was going to have Colin Firth and Jon Voigt in person for the Q&A portion.  The event was promoted as going to show exclusive footage, a live Q&A transmitted from Los Angeles on London followed by an Imax screening on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

A few days before the event TCL Chinese Theatre’s Facebook page had a contest for two tickets to the event which I entered and won.  I still got in line early to see everyone’s costumes and wait for my friend to arrive.  Then at the appointed check-in time, I walked over to the check-in table.  They had turned the forecourt of the theater into a 1920s era street complete with a car and people in period costumes.  When we checked in, we were each given a replica Newt Scalamander wand, an event t-shirt, and complimentary parking voucher!  Saved $15 right off the bat! We took some pictures outside before we headed inside to discover that we also had reserved seats.  Great seats to see a movie but terrible if you’re trying to take pictures of the guests.  A lot of people didn’t stay for the screening after the event, but my friend and I stayed since we had free parking and nothing we needed to rush off to.

A photo-op standee
Forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax
\”Wanted\” signs and faux trees
This is where the guests did the Q&A.
It was a really fun event, and I’m glad I took the time off from work to go.  While I didn’t love Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I did like it.  I heard too many complaints of not enough magic, but I wasn’t expecting much since the focus is on the beasts (as stated in the title!!)