Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

16/9 · Por HBO · Reading 5 min.

Through exploration and innovation, JK Rowling, alongside Warner Bros. has introduced a whole new saga to the Harry Potter universe through the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The second installment of the three-film series hits the small screen on HBO as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald premieres on HBO and HBO GO

The Harry Potter universe has delighted readers and audiences alike throughout the world for almost twenty years. JK Rowling, author, and creator immersed a global audience through her best selling books about the wizarding world and its quest to survive in the most adverse and dire of circumstances. After the Harry Potter film's franchise ended with the release of Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows Pt. 2 back in 2011, it was time for the series to enter a new phase

Fans of the Harry Potter universe will remember that this is a continuation of the introductory film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Based on the guide book by JK Rowling which tells the story of all the magical creatures of the Harry Potter world through the lens of Newt Scamander; the film’s protagonist. The book itself, in the Harry Potter world, is owned and studied by all Hogwarts students. 

The cast is a familiar one to the first film, as almost all the main characters return to the second film; including a few new additions. Eddie Redmayne returns in the protagonist's role as Newt Scamander, a magical creature expert who often pushes the limits with the Ministry of Magic as he pushes for scientific research in these beasts instead of the suggested caging proposed by the powers that be. 

Viewers may recognize the actor for playing the role of famed physicist Stephen Hawkin in The Theory of Everything; a role that earned him an Academy Award ® for Best Actor in 2014. Joining Redmayne are Katherine Waterson as an Auror for the Magical Congress of the United States of America - a position she takes wholeheartedly serious and has often landed her in hot water alongside Dan Fogler as the lovable “Muggle” or “No-Maj” - a British and American idiom respectively to a human who possesses no magic skills. The trio is the core of the film and the plot of the film revolves around their quest to capture the most wanted evil wizard of its time, Grindewald. Grindewald is played by the great Johnny Depp who adds star power and a veteran presence to the film. 

However, it is the role of Albus Dumbledore in his younger days that excited Harry Potter fans as he is played by another heavy hitter, Jude Law. Dumbledore and Grindewald, once best friends, find themselves at odds as Grindewalds believes in the separation of non-magic folks and wizards as the ultimate solution for their survival. Dumbledore strongly opposes this idea causing a rupture in their friendship and converts the two most powerful wizards of their era against each other, with their followers and armies right behind them.

The film is directed by David Yates, a veteran of the Harry Potter film franchise. He first directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) followed by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and the two-part film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010 & 2011) The last sequence of the Harry Potter David Yates directed films have a social and political undercurrent which added gravitas to the series. As Harry began to grow alongside Hermoine and Ron from children to mature teenagers, they were met each step with bigger pressures and higher stakes as the world of magic and its future rested on these three young kid’s shoulders. Given his directorial nuance for these themes, it makes sense why Warner Bros. picked him to sit in the director’s chairs for the Fantastic Beasts series. 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald takes the viewer to a wizarding world outside the well-known walls of Hogwarts. We’re exposed to the social & political constraints of the times; the 1920’s. Political institutions such as the Magical Congress of the United States of America give the viewer a sense of what the real-life repercussions could have on the wizarding world. Tensions continue to rise as the wizards are forced to have a binary choice between the wizards who wish a pure route for their world vs. co-existing with non-magical people. The film has an incredible message alongside powerful performances by their A list cast and fantastic special effects. JK Rowling elevates the world of Harry Potter through another dimension and it gives Potter fans around the world a much-desired continuation to one of the most beloved series of all time.

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