‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is quite intense and it is the second of five all new adventures in J.K.Rowling’s Wizarding World. The prequels to the blockbuster Harry Potter series follow the rise of a powerful dark wizard named Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) and a humble wizard named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who uses his knowledge of magical creatures for the greater good.
It has even more violence than the previous movie did, with character deaths, injuries, magical battles, and lots of mass destruction. Set in 1927, and there is the Eiffel Tower in the backdrop, the movie still centers on magizoologist and Hogwarts textbook author Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). When dangerous wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) escapes and rallies his followers, a much younger Professor Dumbledore (Jude Law) asks Newt to intervene. These characters may be adults, but other than their tendency to get into danger and magical duels, they’re pretty tame: There’s just a little bit of (butter) beer drinking and cuddling and a noticeable lack of cursing (Ron Weasley swore more than they do). And the story’s themes of courage and teamwork are clear. Still, the movie’s often dark tone and battle standoffs may be too much for the youngest Potterheads.
Hardcore Harry Potter will be enjoying the proceedings, as the tale unfolds in a mystically slow manner, but for the non Harry Potter audience it might not be a enjoyable fare, might be very disappointing!
So before stepping into any Inox theatre to see this film, read all 7 Harry Potter Books, because the books explore Grindelwald and Dumbledore past as this movie is a prequel revolving about these charecters past.
This one explores Dumbledore and Grindelwalds Relationship, and also explores the Hallows, The Elder Wand, The Invisibility Cloak and The Resurrection Stone.
Infact if you know of Nagini, then this movie will be good enough for you, and if you are not aware of Nagini well how will yiu identify with that lady who is Animagus, yes she can transform into a snake at will! Only hitch is if for some reason she is trapped and stopped when she has transformed into a snake, well she will be that foreever! Now take that to the Harry Potter days, were the villian Voldemort’s trusted snake Nagini.
Now if you ask me how can she be a Animagus, ture she is Maledictus! Now that means she is not transforming magically, but cursed to be in a snake body. What a difference, only a true Potter maniac will follow all these mild technicalities!
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, J.K. Rowling revealed that Maledictuses are always women, and are created as the result of a blood curse passed down from mother to daughter. So, Nagini’s mother was also a Maledictus, and if Nagini ever had a daughter, she would be a Maledictus as well.
So what you might ask, this snake has no big role in this edition, but look promising as a large plot to revolve around in the third of the prequel series! Well Pottermaniacs are surely delighted to look out for the next three more episodes indeed!
Johnny Depp is instantly captivating as the titular villain and damn creepy, too, complete with sunken cheeks, a ghostly complexion, and haunting mismatched eyes. It’s no easy task being the new villain on the Harry Potter block, as he has to match the villiany unleased in earlier films by Lord Voldemort!
The Crimes of Grindelwald also sees the return of New York City’s magical saviors: Newt, Tina (Katherine Waterston), Jacob (Dan Fogler), and Queenie (Alison Sudol). Jacob and Queenie’s romantic antics offer a nice comedic respite from Grindelwald’s dastardly deeds, while Tina and Newt’s awkward “will they/won’t they” flirtations are delightful.
Well the prequels are bit boring, and this one is more so to even the die hard fans of the series, that was witnessed in the Star Wars…. well the same fate is happening to Harry Potter series too. J.K. Rowling has dished out the Darkest Wizarding Film , with lots of people die from the Killing Curse including a baby but the end scenes are rather meek indeed.
If you are not in the Harry Potter orbit, well the action will be hard to follow and frankly, the sub-plots go nowhere on many points.
The tag line is this episode is breathtaking magical experience! but I doubt if it has to be in the must watch of Potter fans!