By Baylee Comer
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald was the second installment in the Fantastic Beasts movie series. This movie picked up about six months after the first set in 1927, continuing on with the story of Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, and the other characters including Gellert Grindelwald, who is portrayed by Johnny Depp. Grindelwald is being held in prison for his crimes against the wizarding world, but he ends up escaping. He then turns his efforts to looking for Credence (played by Ezra Miller), who was the obscurial boy from the first movie.
A young Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law, makes his debut in this sequel and makes an excellent addition to the cast. I felt he was true to the part that Michael Gambon had first created in the Harry Potter franchise. Law gave off the Dumbledore aura quite well, as that character always had seemed secretive, as if he always had a plan, and very persuasive.
In the movie, we find out that Dumbledore and Grindelwald both have a past history that becomes crucial in the ending, and will play a key role in the next films. We know from the Harry Potter book series that Dumbledore defeated Grindelwald, even though the latter has control of the Elder wand, one of the Deathly Hallows.
We also see Newt, who is of course the main character. I have always loved Newt Scamander and the way he interacts with his beasts. He treats them as friends. During the movie, Newt and Jacob Kowalski, played by Dan Fogler, are on a hunt for Tina and Queenie, the sisters from the previous movie. Newt obviously has feelings for Tina, but it is hard for him to admit and talk about that, which is something I think is really good about his character.
The beasts in this movie were literally fantastic. The film introduced several new ones, and the amazing animation in the movie truly made them look real. The creatures were cute and cuddly, as well as truly dangerous. I liked watching how Newt interacts with his creatures, and how they are a necessary part of the movies.
The end of the movie left me in shock-and-awe at the cliffhanger. It left so much unanswered. You see how big the character Credence truly is to the franchise and how his loyalty to one side can be quite threatening to the other. We also see how the next movie might play out, as Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s history is shown fully. Only one person in the entire wizarding world can beat Grindelwald, and that is his old friend, Albus Dumbledore. I feel that the next movie is going to be a lot more action-packed then the first two.