on November 16, 2018
At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shaped the wizarding world, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.
I know I said that real posts are coming and once again I promise they are, but since it’s already December I could resist starting #HPDecember early. This was started a few years ago when a couple of book bloggers decided that there was no better way to indulge in the holiday season than to read Harry Potter. They were entirely right and with the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald it seemed like a perfect way to continue the tradition.
If you were paying attention to my Goodreads linked in the sidebar you will have noticed that I did finish the script book a few weeks ago, however it took me until last week to see the movie. Yes, I knew all the spoilers and if you haven’t seen the movie or read the script book turn your eyes away because I will be spoiling all of it here for you.
In this movie , we catch up with Newt Scamander nearly 6 months after the last movie has ended. He has published the first edition of Fantastic Beasts and where to find them , returned to England and been banned from international travel by the Ministry of Magic. After Newt has a hearing that doesn’t quite go well at the Ministry of Magic, Newt runs into Professor Albus Dumbledore. Professor Dumbledore informs Newt that Creedance is still alive and in Paris, he also strongly suggests that Newt go find him before Grindelwald does. Newt refuses and heads home, but not before Professor Dumbledore slips him Nicolas Flamel’s address. Once home Queenie and Jacob show up on Newt’s doorstep to announce their engagement. After a very weird fight and undoing Jacob from a love potion, Queen storms of to Paris to find Tina and the guys follow just to make sure they are all safe. Things only get crazier and more questions arise and get unanswered than ever before. The end of the movie shows Queenie and Creedance siding with Grindelwald, Leta Lestrange dead, and Dumbledore holding a blood pact that he and Grindelwald made years ago.
The movie and the book was so crazy that I barely even have words, but then again this does seem in typical J.K. Rowling fashion to keep us in the dark about so many things until the very end. The mere thought that this series will span 5 movies because we are going from 1926 to 1943 is crazy! The first bomb that was dropped from the trailer was that Nagini was a human, which to some of us wasn’t that big a deal, the bigger deal that was divulged in the movie was that she didn’t automatically side with Grindelwald. The second bomb that was dropped in the movie, at least to some was that Queenie chose Grindelwald’s side after she and Jacob fight about getting married. I’m still hoping that Queenie comes back to the good side in the next movie. The third bomb that was dropped was Grindelwald’s revelation that Creedance was Aurelius Dumbledore. If you have been following all the threads online regarding this revelation you might realize that either Grindelwald is lying or that Creedance isn’t a real person.
I was impressed by the visuals of the movie and how beautiful Paris looked in the 1920s. It was also nice to see Professor Dumbledore as a young man and to catch a glance of Professor McGonagall as a young woman. I won’t nitpick as some of the movie illustrations of some of the spells we have seen in other movies, but it was interesting to see how Professor Dumbledore and Grindelwald used magic as compared to everyone else. I was also impressed to see Newt’s lab and to see all the creatures he has collected. We only were able to see a small fraction of it in the first movie. Ahhh…Baby Nifflers! They are really so cute and the Niffler might be my favorite character and unsung hero from these movies so far.
If you have seen this movie or read the scrip book let me know your thoughts. Have you read Harry Potter again since your first read? Will you be joining me in #HPDecember? Look for my Harry Potter related content this month as well as more content in general in the coming weeks.
See you soon!