My Harry Potter History:
I grew up with Harry Potter. I was a fan of the movies and books growing up. I fell in love with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and their adventures. I loved the magic and fantasy and everything about the world that J.K Rowling created. I loved visiting Platform 9 and 3/4 in London and buying a Gryffindor scarf.
I was excited when I heard about the Fantastic Beasts prequel to Harry Potter. I wondered how it would connect to Harry Potter. I am not a Potterhead- I am not obsessed with Harry Potter, but still a big fan of the series. When I heard Eddie Redmayne was playing Newt, I was really excited about that- after all he was my first Marius so Newt would be my second role with him. After seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I fell in love with Newt right away. I fell in love with all of the different beasts. It was fun seeing all of the different references to Harry Potter- only a Harry Potter fan would spot them. I was definitely going to continue watching the series. I just had to wait till the 2nd movie came out.
Leading up to Crimes of Grindelwald:
Leading to this film, I ended up watching all the Harry Potter films. The day before, I watched the first Fantastic Beasts movie. I only saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them once- so parts of it I did not remember. I do remember the basic plot- that some of Newt’s creatures got loose and that he had to recapture them. I wanted to rewatch it so that way Crimes of Grindelwald would make sense- understand what I mean?
Review of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald
“In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore 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 world”
There was a mixed opinion from the public about this movie. I wondered what would happen to Newt, Queenie, Tina, and Jacob especially Newt. I was NOT at all interested in Grindelwald- I have a strong distaste for him. I was excited about coming across characters that were not in the first movie. I was excited about seeing other Harry Potter references- I heard this movie would make the connect between Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter make a lot more sense.
I loved this movie. Eddie Redmayne continues to be amazing as Newt. Turns out his Niffler has babies. There are new beasts now- loved seeing the new beasts. This film begins about 3 months after the last movie ends. There is much more I discovered about Newt. Turns out he has an older brother. He is enlisted by Dumboldore to find Grindelwald (Johnny Deep) and fight him. Newt’s journey begins in London and ends in Paris, where most of the film takes place. People feel like Newt hasn’t gotten much to do in this film, but I disagree. Don’t forget, this series is a Fantastic Beasts film- so the Beasts are important. The Beasts are helpful in certain scenes (not going to say when due to spoilers)
Turns out Jacob did not forget what happened in New York. He still remembers Newt and the Beasts. Queenie (I think) filled him in on everything else. Nice to see him back- that he did not forget.
This film is mostly about Grindelwald and his raise to power. He has gotten more evil in this film. I feel like he is manipulative and spreading lies to the magical community. While Newt is the protagonist of the series, this movie focuses a lot more Grindelwald- look at the title. Newt is still important in this movie.
There are a lot of plots twists and turns in this movie. If you loved the first film, I recommend watching this one. It connects a lot more to Harry Potter than the first one. I love the special effects found in the magic and the Beasts- of course.