The Crimes of Grindlewald is a Fantastic beast; Spoiler free review!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindlewald

Initial release date: 16th November 2018

Developer: Warner Bros

Genres: Fantasy, adventure.

Do not wait around!

On November 16th 2018 the latest film in the Harry Potter extended franchise launched in cinemas, so naturally, I went down to watch. I can never resist a midnight showing,  I feel like it’s more special, being in a room filled with loads of absolute die hard fans, watching a film for the first time, without any sort of spoilers to ruin the experience.

And let me tell you, I’m extremely glad I didn’t wait for this film!

Newt Scaramander


Crimes Of Grindlewald follows on from Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Following Newt Scamander again as he travels to Paris with Jacob to find Credence, who has gone missing. But, it’s a race against time, as Grindlewald also wants him, for reasons not known until the end of the film, as well as the Ministry Of Magic. The Ministry wants to kill him, and Grindlewald wants to use him, while Newt wants to help him.

What follows is a magical thrill ride around 1927 Paris, filled with new, fantastic beasts, deadly fights, and an insight into Newt’s time at Hogwarts, including one cameo from a beloved Hogwarts professor, one I won’t spoil, so you can see them for yourself. They’re a very brief cameo, but a much appreciated one.

Johnny Depp as Grindlewald

Jude Law as Dumbledore

Not only do we have that cameo to tie things back to the original Harry Potter franchise, we have the Big Guy himself – Albus Dumbledore. A young Dumbledore, still a Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher, played by Jude Law.

At first, I was a little worried about him turning up. Dumbledore is a classic, well loved character. He divides opinion among fans, but he is still almost as famous as Harry himself. So to have someone new come in to play him, it was a risk. But, I think, one that paid off. Jude Law isn’t as chaotic as the Dumbledore we’re used to, but he’s no less cryptic. There’s sparks of the Dumbledore we know and love, but Jude is definitely playing him as a younger, more hopeful version. One who hasn’t seen the atrocities of Voldemort, who has yet to see how far Grindlewald will go to get what he wants.

Jude Law as Dumbledore
Jude Law as Dumbledore

The twists and turns

As for the famed ex-lovers back story between Dumbledore and Grindlewald, it’s not explicit, at least not in this film. But, there is some very large hints to it, especially in scenes involving the Mirror Of Erised. I wanted more personally, but I’m holding out hope for future films to make it explicit, so I’m withholding too much judgement for the moment.

As for the plot, without spoiling anything, there’s twists and turns, and one hell of a plot twist ending. I thought I had the plot twist ending figured out quite early on, but Rowling turned my ideas on it’s head entirely, leaving the entire audience with their jaws on the ground. Five hours of sleep, and a few hours of deep thought about it, still has me reeling from the reveal. I’m desperate for answers, and the fact that I have to wait another two years is horrendous, I’m actually not sure if I can wait that long!

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, I really, really enjoyed Crimes Of Grindlewald. It was fast paced, engaging, and gave me a plot twist ending that nearly gave me whiplash. My only real complaint was that the creatures again were entirely CGI, instead of using the time honoured Harry Potter tradition of animatronics. It makes things feel slightly less real and tangible, which was part of the magic of the original films for me. Other than that, this film was a fun, thrill ride, one that you should rush out to see. Do not look up any spoilers or anything, just run to go and see this ASAP.

Rating- 5/5 stars.

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