Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – Review

As a major potter head and Johnny Depp fan, I wasn’t too sure how the new movie was going to turn out, With Madds Mikkelson replacing Depp, made me quite skeptical about the movie.

I was taken by a big surprise! I came out loving the movie! What a fantastic movie! Fantastic Beasts has managed to tell us a story in such a magical way by introducing us to new characters and creatures.

This movie was even better than the previous one, and has by far had the most action and surprises! As a massive Potter fan, I’m just happy that the magic hasn’t stopped yet and we get to learn more about the wizarding world.

For all of you that were skeptical about the movie, especially with Depp’s replacement, you will be surprised to see how smoothly Mikkelsen transitions to the role of ‘Grindelwald” adding his style, giving a much seriousness and depth to his role which is surprising fits perfectly.

The Secrets of Dumbledore takes place in 1932 and centers around a mission given by Dumbledore to his most loyal and skilled witch and wizard friends to stop Grindelwald from starting a war involving both the wizarding and muggle worlds. He puts the most trust in Newt, who, along with his very sophisticated brother Theseus (Callum Turner) and American badass witch and charms professor Lally Hicks (Jessica Williams), enlist the help of lovesick muggle baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler). 

It is the characters that keep the audience connected. Although the film is based on Hogwarts’s favorite headmaster, it is Eddie Redmayne’s ‘Newt Scamander’ who is its heart. Scamander and his animals weave the thread of the story from beginning to end, with that sweet shyness and expertise we all know and love once again in full evidence. 

As Newt, Redmayne is always a delight, and several times laugh-out-loud funny. Law as Dumbledore does a great job at playing the wizarding world leader-in-training, but it is Redmayne, Turner, Fogler, and Williams that keep viewers most connected to the story through their portrayals.

I love the magical creatures shown in the movie, my favorite was Pickett & Teddy they were hilarious and highly entertaining!

there were also some heartbreaking scenes, but the plot and all the small storylines especially with Jacob and Queenie, their passion for each other were such a delight to watch!

I recommend this movie to all you Potterheads out there! Don’t fall for the reviews online watch and experience the magic yourself on the big screen!

PG Rating – 13 (Fantasy, Violence, Action, Violence against animals)


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