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Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts: The crimes of Grindelwald

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Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts: The crimes of Grindelwald

Here is an image of Newt, Tine, and Grindelwald
by Nora Tsai

Here is an image of Newt, Tine, and Grindelwald by Nora Tsai

Artwork by: Nora Tsai

Here is an image of Newt, Tine, and Grindelwald by Nora Tsai

Artwork by: Nora Tsai

Artwork by: Nora Tsai

Here is an image of Newt, Tine, and Grindelwald by Nora Tsai

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald is the second movie of the series: Fantastic Beasts, written by J.K Rowling. The first movie started out based on a book called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by J.K Rowling. The movie takes place in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. The movie itself takes place several years before Harry Potter happens, and it takes place in America instead in London. The following contains spoilers for The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Newt Scamander, is a wizard who came from England and takes care of magical creatures in the wizarding world. He cares for many magical beasts, some examples are Kelpies, which are giant horses with kelp-like manes and body that live underwater, and Thunderbirds which are giant eagle looking birds with many wings. He also has a little bamboo like creature called a bowtruckle. The place where he lives and works is filled with all kinds of different creatures. Where does he keep the magical beasts in? Well, a suitcase! He travelled to America from England and didn’t want to just leave the poor beasts behind.

Newt has been given a task to kill Credence Barebones, who in the first movie, was a dangerous threat. He nearly destroyed more than half of New York! He was an Obscurus which is a extremely dangerous ‍magical beast. Being an Obscures means that Credence can transform into a dangerous black swarm.

However, Newt doesn’t take the job despite being offered passage back into America. (Newt was banned after the events of the first movie)

Newt knew that from the first movie Credence was just missing his family, which he had never known being a teenage orphan. In the second movie, he just wanted to find out who he was.

In the first movie Grindelwald disguised himself so he can get to Credence’s head and make him join his side. In this movie groups of people on Grindelwald’s side were set off to find Credence. Grindelwald wanted Credence to come on his side because he knows who Credences family is.

In the beginning Credence ended up caged at a circus at a hidden wizarding world. He was going to be showed off by the beastmaster that took care of the magical beasts. Malediscus is a beast who appears like a regular teenage girl but she can turn into any kind of beast. But eventually she’ll be narrowed out as one of the beasts. Anyway, she found a piece of paper and had a clue of were to find Credence’s supposed mother. Malediscus manages to attack the beast keeper and escape with Credence.

The main part of the story is that Newt Scamander is trying to find Credence before he is killed by the Ministry of Magic, who want him dead.  Newt is using his magic to trace and find Credence before Credence loses his life because of what he was. Credence himself, is trying to find his mother and find out who he is. His supposed mother gets killed by the person who’s trying to kill Credence.

The story then goes on and it is discovered in a flashback about what happened to credence as a child. In the flashback, when a character named Leta Lestrange was a teen, her family went on a ship. Her brother was crying and crying. Leta just needed some peace and quiet. So, one night, Leta switched babies with another family. She would switch them back though. She just wanted some peace and quiet or a little break from the crying. She loved her baby brother but, the crying got on her nerves. So on the night she switched the two brothers, there was an accident were they had to flee the boat. Bellatrix’s family got off safely on a emergency boat. But the other emergency boat with her actual brother was on, sunk. Her baby brother died because of her switch between the two brothers. So Credence was someone else because of the switch. They were mistaken of who Credence was.

At the end of the movie, Grindelwald was giving a speech in a mysterious ally room. People from the wizarding world came and hear Grindelwald’s speech. He talked about joining his side (which is the bad side).  While Grindelwald was dictating the people in the bleachers he ended up creating a blue like fire wall for the people to join him. His master plan. The exits are blocked. The group has nowhere to go. The people start joining one by one. Newt ended up finding his brother, which by the way they don’t get along very well. When the people were all gone, Grindelwald started to shoot fire walls toward the group. Queenie ended up going to Grindelwalds side. If you go through the fire wall and you don’t want to go on Grindelwald’s side then you’ll die. Credence and Malediscus escaped again through the blue fire. The group escaped by appertaining (teleporting in the wizarding world).

Once they are on the outside of the building where the rally room is. The blue fire wall transforms into three dragons that appear to be made up of the blue fire. The group use there wands and shoot magic to the dragons and destroy each one. Though the group survived and managed to stop the dragons they lost Queenie and Creedence. Leta was also lost in the fire after confessing her love to Newt.

The story takes back to Hogwarts were Credence was taken. Grindelwald is their also with Credence. That is when the Phoenix comes and Grindelwald tells who Credence really is.

I personally loved the movie. I always love a good movie about Harry Potter. What I loved the most about the movie is all of the magical creatures and how unique the beautiful creatures are. Also the small parts that represent Harry Potter like a portkey (which is an old object that teleports you to a place in the world). The only things that I didn’t like about the movie is that it didn’t have that much action as the original Harry Potter movies.

Go out with some friends and watch the movie. It’s a lot of background information but there’s some action. Lots of magic though. It’s not like magic is bad. Again if you like the Harry Potter movies, then you should go see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald. But, before you see this one, you would have to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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  1. Benjamin Hoel on January 25th, 2019 6:52 pm

    I love this movie review! The only problem is that teleportation in the wizarding world is called: apparating not appertaining!

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