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More Movie Magic For J.K. Rowling

Shaina Lapuebla, Arts and Entertainment Editor

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Before Harry Potter destroys Ollivander’s Wand Shop or turns the Wizarding World on its head, Newt Scamander wreaked havoc — while surprisingly saving the world — with bizarre creatures and critters hiding in the world hidden in his briefcase.

Mooncalfs, Thunderbirds, Billywigs, oh my.

The Wizarding World is spellbound with the newest addition to the J.K. Rowling’s series. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second part of the Fantastic Beasts saga.

The movie franchise spared no expense casting Jude Law to play a young Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, while reuniting all of your favorite characters from the first movie — including Nifflers and Bowtruckles.

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” continues on the story from the first movie, following Newt in his endeavors to thwart the evil plans of the dark wizard, who plots for pure-blood wizards to rule over all beings — sounds strangely similar to Harry Potter’s nemesis, Voldemort.

Ley lines are drawn as the Wizarding World is made to choose allegiances to either side.  

Newt (played by Eddie Redmayne) and his muggle sidekick Jacob Kowalski (played by Dan Fogle) work their “who dunnit” magic across the Atlantic, braving their journey from New York to London and Paris.

The film dabbles in its share of love, friendship, loyalty and of course magic in the second leg of the Fantastic Beasts voyage. Dark truths are unveiled and the audience is left with more questions than answers as the door is kicked wide open for the next installment.

The whimsy and awkwardness of Newt is a stark contrast to the courageous and unruly main characters in the Harry Potter series. This has many critics condemning Fantastic Beasts, who use Harry Potter as the benchmark for its protagonists in the franchise.

However, being able to separate both Harry and Newt leaves the audience immersed in a different area of the vast Wizarding World — dreamt up by the enchanting J.K. Rowling —  that is sure to satisfy young and old wizards alike.

Overall, I give “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” four out of five wands up.

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Shaina Lapuebla, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Shaina Lapuebla can be reached at slapuebla@centralrecorder.org.

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