Journey beyond the realm of magic with Newt Scamander…
Following the adventures of Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a ride of pure and unadulterated delight. Emerging from the shadow cast by the Harry Potter series was never going to be easy but Eddie Redmayne produced a glittering performance which was liberated once the shackles of the main Potter narrative had been removed.
J.K. Rowling’s immersive Wizarding World has proven itself more than capable of offering a fresh perspective on the Potterverse without compromising the integrity of the source material and The Crimes of Grindelwald appears to be building upon those foundations in stellar fashion.
The sequel continues to expand the Wizarding World and finds the Potterverse threatened by Johnny Depp’s infamous villain, Gellert Grindelwald. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, 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.
Despite boasting an obviously darker tone, one far more foreboding than its light-hearted predecessor The Crimes of Grindelwald looks incredible. Eddie Redmayne’s gloriously innocent magi zoologist brings his heart-warming allure to the war against Grindelwald but can he overcome the evil rising against him?
Being only a casual fan of the Harry Potter books and movies, I went into Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with little in the way of expectation and found myself utterly bowled over by the innocence of the story. I have always found the Potterverse to be an enticing world but found the main Harry Potter narrative stifling and repetitive but was delighted by the freedom discovered in Fantastic Beasts. Therefore, I look forward to The Crimes of Grindelwald with eager anticipation and renewed hope.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald arrives in cinemas on November 16th
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