After waiting two years it was finally time for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald! I had been looking forward to this movie for ever and kept watching the movie trailers over and over. Last Tuesday there was a showing of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and then Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald at my local movie theatre and obviously I had to go even though it was in the middle of the night haha. I need to fangirl about this movie so I want to share my thoughts with you all!
I absolutely adored the first Fantastic Beasts movie and saw it three times in the theatre. It was so wonderful being back in the Wizarding World and I’m incredibly happy there will be 5 movies. I only wished we would get one every year instead of every other year! When watching Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald just hearing the opening tunes gave me chills again.
Mr. Scamander, do you think Dumbledore will mourn for you?
The movie starts of with quite some action and that continues throughout the movie. I personally did like the plot of the movie. There isn’t a super strong plot but you can see how this movie sets up the story for the coming movies. The first Fantastic Beasts was pretty much a contained story with an opening for the bigger story arc. But this second movie really sets up the Grindelwald story and gives us the key characters we need to know.
You’re too good, Newt. You never met a monster you couldn’t love.
I was very happy to see that they found a way to include some more beasts into the movie. We get to see some of the animals we already know and love but are also introduced to knew ones. I was not expecting that at all to be honest so it was a pleasant surprise. It would be great if they can manage to have some important animals in all 5 films, since they do keep the name Fantastic Beasts for the franchise.
Do you know why I admire you, Newt? You do not seek power. You simply ask, “Is the thing right?”
It was obviously great seeing our favorite characters again. Newt is his awkward self and I love his interactions with Tina a lot. But what I loved even more were his interactions with Jacob, such a great friendship between those two. Jacob is simply a great character and I love his muggle insight. Queenie is becoming a favorite character of mine and I really enjoyed her story in this movie. It was so well done and I think it gives the movie some extra depth.
And then we have our young Dumbledore, who is AMAZING, I can’t wait until the next movie where we hopefully see more of him. I also really enjoyed Depp’s Grindelwald and think he is an amazing villain. He brings his horrible message across in a very charismatic way. After seeing Newt’s picture of Lena Lestrange it was great finally seeing her, I also loved her flashbacks. She’s such an interesting and complex character. Oh and I adore Newt’s brother Theseus, one of the last scenes between the two brothers definitely made me tear up.
Lastly are some more brand new characters like Nagini. I hope we get to see more of these characters because they were all so interesting. But since we have so many characters now, they’re not all equally fleshed out. I’m sure that will change in the next movies and it will be so interesting to find out what happens to Nagini, knowing where she’ll end up.
Magic blooms only in rare souls. Still we must skulk in the shadows. But the old ways serve us no longer.
There seemed to be some things that don’t add up with the original Harry Potter story. One of those things is seeing Minerva McGonagall at Hogwarts while she shouldn’t be there until years later. Her age has been removed from Pottermore so I’m assuming JK Rowling just changed that to better serve her story. There are some other things I don’t want to spoil, but since there will be 3 more movies I think we will see how that all plays out in the next ones. I don’t think we can say for certain that it doesn’t add up as anything can still happen! We did get some great plot points so I’m super excited for the next movie.
I highly enjoyed Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and would highly recommend the movie. For now, I think it’s best to ignore the little HP inaccuracies until we have all the information. I’d say, just go ahead and enjoy this movie for what it is! A look at our favorite world, with incredible, complex, and lovable characters and the start of an epic story. Did you see the movie yet? Or are you planning on seeing it? Let me know in the comments!