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60 Second Verdict: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

60 Second Verdict: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

60 Second Verdict: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

24 November 2018

Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, the bumbling beast lover at the centre of Fantastic Beasts, the Crimes of Grindelwald, the second instalment of the Harry Potter spin-off series.

By Mark Hadley

It’s another trip back into the history behind Harry Potter and the magical school of Hogwarts. The arch-evil wizard Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) is on the loose again, and pursuing a plan to put the world’s muggles under magical domination. A younger version of Professor Dumbledore (Jude Law) approaches Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to try and track down the dark wizard before he can do more harm - but will Newt’s assortment of magical beasts and muggle friends be enough?

WHAT’S GOOD

There are heaps of tie-ins from the previous Fantastic Beasts, and nods to all the Harry Potter books.


WHAT’S NOT

This latest episode is actually taking a play from franchises that have lost their way – not sure what to do? Take it on the road! So we’ve done New York; now we’re heading to Paris. And Grindelwald is also struggling to bring anything Voldemort hasn’t already done – ah, will do. Unless of course it’s a love story with Dumbledore…


SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING

Newt’s determination to ‘do what’s right’ seems great, but he’s also determined to ’not pick a side’, as thought right was something that could be determined by everyone separate of everyone else. Maybe his kind of right is letting everyone do what’s right-by-them? But, right, truth, good  all point to a standard, which you’re either on one side of or that other. At least that’s what that other best-seller, the Bible has to say.

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