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#As mentioned above, many of the characters are poorly written and forgettable.
 
#As mentioned above, many of the characters are poorly written and forgettable.
 
#Slow pacing causes the film to be unnecessarily long, which contributes to boredom (as said before).
 
#Slow pacing causes the film to be unnecessarily long, which contributes to boredom (as said before).
#Gellert Grindelwald is a useless antagonist who is one of, if not, the worst villain in the Wizarding World franchise for this movie. He has a bland personality, his goals are forgettable, and he looks more moronic than he does intimidating. Even though Johnny Depp was good at portraying him, it wasn't enough to make Grindelwald a great villain. Also, his casting choice was rather controversial, even if he played him in the first film for his surprise cameo appearance.
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#Gellert Grindelwald is a useless antagonist who is one of, if not, the worst villain in the Wizarding World franchise for this movie. He has a bland personality, his goals are forgettable, and he looks more moronic than he does intimidating. Even though Johnny Depp was good at portraying him, it wasn't enough to make Grindelwald a great villain.
 
#Leta Lestrange (played by Zoë Kravitz) is wasted as a character; despite Rowling stating that she was the one responsible for Newt's expulsion from Hogwarts and for their romantic relationship, Leta's relationship with Newt is barely explored here, given her engagement with Newt's brother and the fact that she dies at the end of this film. Which possibly creates a massive plot hole where she is related to one of Voldemort's servants, Bellatrix Lestrange.
 
#Leta Lestrange (played by Zoë Kravitz) is wasted as a character; despite Rowling stating that she was the one responsible for Newt's expulsion from Hogwarts and for their romantic relationship, Leta's relationship with Newt is barely explored here, given her engagement with Newt's brother and the fact that she dies at the end of this film. Which possibly creates a massive plot hole where she is related to one of Voldemort's servants, Bellatrix Lestrange.
 
#*Furthermore, Nagini has very little to do in the story besides being Credence's friend while he searches for the truth about his family who tries to keep him from being seduced by Grindelwald. She then firmly rejects Grindelwald and joins the heroes that she doesn't even know.
 
#*Furthermore, Nagini has very little to do in the story besides being Credence's friend while he searches for the truth about his family who tries to keep him from being seduced by Grindelwald. She then firmly rejects Grindelwald and joins the heroes that she doesn't even know.

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Fantastic subplots, and where to find them...because they're not here.
Genre: Fantasy
Adventure
Directed By: David Yates
Produced By: David Heyman
J. K. Rowling
Steve Kloves
Lionel Wigram
Written By: J. K. Rowling
Based On: Characters/settings
by J. K. Rowling
Starring: Eddie Redmayne
Katherine Waterston
Dan Fogler
Alison Sudol
Ezra Miller
Zoë Kravitz
Callum Turner
Claudia Kim
William Nadylam
Kevin Guthrie
Jude Law
Johnny Depp
Cinematography: Philippe Rousselot
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: November 8, 2018 (Paris)
November 16, 2018 (United States and United Kingdom)
Runtime: 134 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
United States
Language: English
Budget: $200 million
Box Office: $654.9 million
Franchise: Harry Potter
Prequel: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Sequel: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a 2018 British-American fantasy film directed by David Yates and written by J. K. Rowling. A joint American and British production, it is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It is the second film in the Fantastic Beasts film series and in turn a spin-off of the Harry Potter film series as well as the tenth overall in the Wizarding World franchise. The film premiered in Paris on 8 November 2018 and was released worldwide on 16 November 2018, in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX 3D, 4DX, IMAX, and ScreenX Formats, by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The third film, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was released on 8 April 2022 in British and 15 April 2022 in American, without Johnny Depp, and being replaced in his role by Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwand.

Plot

In 1927, 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 wizarding world.

Bad Qualities

  1. Confusing plot and difficult to follow, mainly due to there being too many sub-plots about different characters than main plot.
  2. Despite all these sub-plots resulting in many different things happening, barely anything interesting happens within any of them; this makes the film rather boring.
    • Some of these sub-plots revolve around characters suffering from poor writing, not much people will care for, which pours salt onto the wound.
  3. The problem with the plot is that it focused too much on Easter-eggs and references to the Harry Potter films rather than the actual plot. This may have something to do with the fact that J.K. Rowling is not really a professional screenwriter, having just made her screenwriting debut with the previous Fantastic Beasts film.
  4. The movie has plenty of scenes that suffer from being nonsensical and illogical. Examples include:
    • In the opening scene, Grindelwald is being transported from a prison in the United States to prison in Europe... using a flying horse carriage. This not only sounds like it would take days but as seen in the films, there are far faster ways for transportation, such as using a Portkey.
    • It was actually Abernathy who got arrested in the beginning, having disguised himself as Grindelwald; meanwhile, Grindelwald disguises himself as Abernathy when freeing him. It is unclear as to how or why Abernathy was still in his disguise, even after getting arrested; similarly, it is unclear as to what the point of Grindelwald disguising himself as Abernathy was.
    • Newt has been prohibited from traveling to other countries, but this plot device is quickly forgotten about as Newt travels to other countries without punishment.
  5. Poor grasp of the Harry Potter lore; for example, characters use apparition to get to Hogwarts, despite the lore stating that apparition is banned in Hogwarts grounds.
  6. The scene in which Grindelwald and Abernathy escape from the MACUSA at the beginning is too fast, to the point where it is unclear as to who is fighting who, who is hitting who, among other things.
  7. Rather than letting the plot flow normally, the movie tells us what the plot is through a discussion by a bunch of characters towards the beginning of the film.
  8. As mentioned above, many of the characters are poorly written and forgettable.
  9. Slow pacing causes the film to be unnecessarily long, which contributes to boredom (as said before).
  10. Gellert Grindelwald is a useless antagonist who is one of, if not, the worst villain in the Wizarding World franchise for this movie. He has a bland personality, his goals are forgettable, and he looks more moronic than he does intimidating. Even though Johnny Depp was good at portraying him, it wasn't enough to make Grindelwald a great villain.
  11. Leta Lestrange (played by Zoë Kravitz) is wasted as a character; despite Rowling stating that she was the one responsible for Newt's expulsion from Hogwarts and for their romantic relationship, Leta's relationship with Newt is barely explored here, given her engagement with Newt's brother and the fact that she dies at the end of this film. Which possibly creates a massive plot hole where she is related to one of Voldemort's servants, Bellatrix Lestrange.
    • Furthermore, Nagini has very little to do in the story besides being Credence's friend while he searches for the truth about his family who tries to keep him from being seduced by Grindelwald. She then firmly rejects Grindelwald and joins the heroes that she doesn't even know.
  12. Although the title implies that many of the heinous crimes Grindelwald committed would be shown, he actually never commits any crimes whenever he does appear in the actual film and doesn't appear much in the first two acts, until the third act.
    • Speaking of the title, the film doesn't focus on creatures beast for Newt from the franchise at all unlike the first Fantastic Beasts film, which is false advertising, even though the title could be referring to Grindelwald and his followers as the "beasts".
  13. Despite Albus Dumbledore being shown as one of the main supportive protagonists, he barely even gets enough screentime to be a supporting character, making him pointless.
  14. Queenie Goldstein was apparently turned into antagonist side, thus some fans to dislike. Fortunately, she was reverted back into her hero side for The Secrets of Dumbledore.
  15. It became infamous for revealing that Nagini was actually an East Asian woman who was transformed into a snake due to a curse, which many Asian-American people criticized for its stereotypes.
  16. Laughable dialogue such as, "I hate Paris."

Good Qualities

  1. As with any Harry Potter film, the visual effects and action sequences are great.
  2. Fantastic musical score composed by James Newton Howard.
  3. Multiple good performances, especially Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore.
  4. The dark tone is handled surprisingly well.
  5. Newt Scamander is still a likable protagonist.
  6. Nicolas Flamel's appearance is a nice reference to his involvement in the plot of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, given that he was constantly mentioned throughout the book and the film but lacked a physical presence.
  7. Just like how the first film explored the American wizarding community in the form of the MACUSA, the film does the same by showing us the French Ministry of Magic.
  8. The plot twist of Credence Barebone's real name is allegedly Aurelius Dumbledore, the long-lost brother of Albus and Aberforth, is surprising, even if it's still not clear when and where he was born.
  9. Like the first film, David Yates still gives a good direction.
  10. The extended cut has been much better received than the theatrical version where it adds seven minutes that had been cut out that add a lot to the backstory and make the story comprehensible. The movie is still contentious, but the extended cut is at least easier to follow.
  11. The scene where Grindelwald and Dumbledore seal the blood pact is quite emotional.
  12. It was Johnny Depp's final time playing Grindelwald and did it well in the high note, given that the role was recast with Mads Mikkelsen in the next sequels after Warner Bros. forced Depp to resign due to the controversies surrounding him and his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Reception

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was met with mixed reception who praised its entertainment value and James Newton Howard's musical score as well as the direction and performances (particularly from Law and Depp), but also criticized the "needlessly complicated, low-stakes plot," while feeling that it was "overburdened" with details setting up future sequels, and is widely considered to be the worst film in the Harry Potter franchise. In particular, Johnny Depp's casting received criticism from some fans, due to domestic violence allegations against him. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a critic approval rating of 36%, making it the only Harry Potter film to have a "rotten" score with the website's critical consensus reads, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has glimmers of the magic familiar to Harry Potter fans, but the story's spell isn't as strong as earlier installments.", while the audience approval rating was a 53%. It is also the lowest-rated Harry Potter film on Metacritic, with a critic score of 52/100 as well as a user score of 5.7/10. IMBD also has it as the lowest-rated film in the franchise so far, with a score of 6.5/10.

The third film, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, despite the mixed reception from critics, received better reviews, thus fans, audiences and reviewers found it an improvement for having a more streamlined plot, a better balance of humor and darkness, corrected title, better pacing, more consistent with the lore, and more in depth character work, especially the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald that finally confirms Dumbledore's orientation in the opening scene by showing Dumbledore and Grindelwald on a date, and then Dumbledore outright states the romantic feelings that he once held for Grindelwald multiple times throughout the film. Many of the two former consider it the best film in the series, evidenced by its higher fan score on Rotten Tomatoes that has held consistently in the mid 80s and much better holds at the box office (outside the US), which implies good word of mouth.

Box office

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald grossed around $653.8 million, making it originally the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film, but was a box office success, until the third movie got the lowest-grossing film so far.[1] Despite this, it is the tenth highest-grossing film of 2018.

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Trivia

  • In December 2017, J. K. Rowling posted on her website that she would not recast the role because Johnny Depp and his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, had previously expressed hope that the mutual agreement they reached would enable both to move on from the controversy and "the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies." About Rowling's response, Depp said in October 2018, "I'll be honest with you, I felt bad for J. K. having to field all these various feelings from people out there. I felt bad that she had to take that."
  • When the film first came out, J. K. Rowling bore a brunt of the criticism for its failures. However, with the release of the extended cut, more of that criticism has shifted onto director David Yates and editor Mark Day for making choices to cut short but vital scenes that add more emotional weight and much-needed exposition that make it more coherent. There was also an edict from WB mandating the film be under 2hrs 15 minutes, tying Rowling, Yates, and Day's hands about the final product.
  • This marks the last film to use the 1998 logo, as the third film use the current logo.
  • Prior to Jude Law's casting, many other actors were considered for the role for Dumbledore, including Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, and Jared Harris (son of Richard Harris, who played Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films).

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