ByHolly Emmett, writer at
Film student and full time nerd
Holly Emmett

Raise up your wands and put on your cloaks, because Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is out in theaters now! The spinoff of the Harry Potter film series is climbing the ranks in everyone's must-see list of 2016 films.

However, if you haven't booked your ticket yet — or if you've already seen it — and you crave something equally magical to watch, then look no further! Here are eight films and TV shows that will amaze you with witchcraft, wizardry and all of the splendor of magic!

1. 'Pan's Labyrinth'

If you're a fan of something a little different, try out Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. This film is perfect if you love all things mystical but you crave something a tad darker than the Potter series. Based five years after the Spanish Civil War, Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) finds escape from her hectic lifestyle through an abandoned, overgrown labyrinth. After meeting with an enigmatic Faun creature (Doug Jones), she's put to a series of tests to acquire immortality; this includes encounters with fairies, giant toads and a strange, saggy man with eyes in his hands. What more could you want from a magical fantasy film?

Release date: November 24, 2006

2. The 'Lord Of The Rings' Trilogy

Perhaps a little more obvious, but a good start for a new fan of fantasy movies. If you've seen the trailer for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and you desire to add a little more magic to your DVD shelf, then the Lord of The Rings franchise is the next best thing (some argue better) to the Harry Potter franchise.

The Lord of the Rings, directed by Peter Jackson, is a magical three-part series about a small hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and his quest to destroy the One Ring. The setting of Middle Earth is enough in itself to full your imagination to the brim with mystical fun, but the lovable characters and gruelling quests also help.

Release Dates: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003).

3. 'The Magicians'

Like a modern-day Hogwarts, The Magicians is a U.S TV show that is set in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. The main character, Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph), enrolls to become a trained magician — however, he discovers that the magical worlds from his favorite childhood books are real and pose a threat to humanity. Ever wondered what Hogwarts would be like if you went there? Perhaps it would be a little bit like this TV show!

The series premiered the pilot episode on Syfy and Showcase on December 16, 2015 and continued January 25, 2016.

4. 'The Shannara Chronicles'

This show is an adaptation of the Shannara series of fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, but is particularly based off the The Elfstones of Shannara novel. It follows the quests of Wil (Austin Butler), Amberle (Poppy Drayton) and Eretria (Ivana Baquero) as they battle to protect their dying ancient tree, Ellcrys, from perishing completely and releasing all the banished demons back into their home of Four Lands. The demons were banished to an area called the Forbidding — if that name itself isn't magical enough for you, then I'm sure the half-human, half-elf characters will quench your fantasy thirst.

The show's 10-episode first season was shown on MTV in January 2016 and a second season has been confirmed — so get binge watching!

5. 'Into The Woods'

Want something magical but also a fan of musicals? Into The Woods is the film for you! Directed by Rob Marshall, this American musical fantasy film incorporates all of your favourite fairy tales (Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel) into one big, magical, fantasy amalgamation.

Oh, and there's plenty of singing and dancing, too. Not sold yet? Maybe the star cast will invite you in — with the likes of Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen and Johnny Depp, this fantastic, magical mystical journey is one you'll want to go on. (And it's a little lighter than the aforementioned films and TV shows, so it's a great family film!)

Release Date: January 9, 2015

6. 'Thor'

The most magical Avenger (perhaps with competition from recent film Doctor Strange), Thor is a great hybrid of fantasy magic and fast-paced, superhero action. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film takes us on a journey of worthiness as crown prince of Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is banished to Earth after reestablishing a dormant war. Being stripped of his powers and lost in a new planet, he seeks helps from astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster to return to Asgard and stop the war he started.

The mystic, Norse storyline and the star cast (Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins) should be plenty to fulfill your desire for all things magical.

Release Date: May 6, 2011

7. 'Shadowhunters'

Based on The Mortal Instruments novel by Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters is an American fantasy television series filled to the brim with magic, demons, fairies, warlocks, vampires and werewolves. After enrolling at Brooklyn Academy of Arts, Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) discovers that she is much more than human; she is a Shadowhunter. Clary learns she is born with angelic blood, meaning she has the ability to protect humans from otherworldly creatures such as demons.

The show takes us on a journey as Clary joins up with a band of Shadowhunters to save her mother; while in the process, she discovers that she has abilities and powers she didn't even know existed.

The first season aired on Freeform in January 2016 and has been confirmed for a second season.

8. 'Alice In Wonderland'

A classic fairy tale turned big-screen phenomenon, director Tim Burton strikes again with his 2010 adaptation of Alice In Wonderland. The film tells the well-known story of 19-year-old Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) accidentally falling down a rabbit hole into the magical, mad and quite frankly dangerous world inhabited by beloved characters such as the White Rabbit, the Cheshire cat, the Mad Hatter, the White Queen, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

The story of Alice is complimented perfectly by the star-studded cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas and Mia Wasikowska. If you want a family film to dazzle, amaze and engage you with magic, beautiful setting and mystical narrative, then this will be right up your Diagon Alley.

Release Date: March 4, 2010

Obviously, there are plenty of magical films and TV shows to cast a spell on your need for a fantasy fix. However, make sure to fly on down to your nearest cinema to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, because you can't get more magical than that!

What are some of your favorite fantasy TV shows and movies? Let me know in the comments below?


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