As I said, I would defy anyone to dislike this film (or any other fantasy/literary film) like I do. This film is a good a fantasy adventure in the tradition of Harry Potter and Bridge to Terabitha. I also I have a nack for fairies.
For a child, moving isn't easy...especially when his (or her) parents had got a divorce. That's happen to young Jared Grace. His father Richard is leaving his wife, Helen. Financially broke, his mom Helen moves him, his twin brother Simon and his big sister Mallory to a New England home owned by a senile aunt, Lucinda Spiderwick. Aunt Lucinda has been institutionalized because she claimed that her father's disappearance was caused by Sylphs (wind fairies). As the children adapt to their new world, Mallory accuses Jared of stealing her fencing medal. There are strange creaks heard from the house walls. One night, Jared finds a secret dumbwaiter and discovers a book with a warning that says; "DO NOT READ THIS BOOK." Of course, Jared reads the book and is introduced to a hidden world dominated by trolls, goblins and the evil orge Mulgarath. As the family outcast, Jared finds allies with the brownie, Thimbletack and frees the hobgoblin Hogsqueal from a fate worst than death. In the end, Jared's new found friends help defeat Mulgarath's evil intentions. Jared also finds Arthur Spiderwick and reunites the father and the daughter.
Admittedly, I don't have a favorite scene, because I love the WHOLE film. I did feel sorry for Jared in the beginning (being a black sheep in the family), until the ending of the movie. He learns about children who have to live without their fathers and also the importance of family -- an age-old lesson I don't mind at all.