The magical new film in the Fantastic Beasts series

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“My brothers. My sisters. The clock is ticking faster. My dream, we live for truth, for love. The moment has come to take our rightful place in the world where we wizards are free. Join me, or die.” These words were spoken by Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) in the movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This movie was released in theaters across the US on November 16, 2018.

The film featured actor Eddie Redmayne playing the main character Newt Scamander. Other important characters included the friends of Newt who are Tina and Queenie Goldstein (Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol), and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler). Several new characters were also introduced in this motion picture, such as young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), Nagini (Claudia Kim), Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner), Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz), and Nicolas Flamel (Brontis Jodorowsky).

This plot-twisting, magical sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was directed by David Yates and written by the beloved writer of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling. The movie started right where the previous movie left off where Percival Graves was revealed to be Grindelwald, a famous criminal in Europe who was then put in prison. In the beginning of the second Fantastic Beasts movie, he escaped by magically switching places with Abernathy, a Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) employee, and then set off to gather followers in Europe.

In response to Grindelwald’s escape, Albus Dumbledore recruited Newt Scamander, his former student, to find the obscurial Credence Barebone. Newt, along with his friend Jacob Kowalski, went to Paris to find Credence and meet up with their other friends Tina and Queenie.

Andrew Crumm, currently a 7th-grade student at AdVenture watched both of the Fantastic Beasts movies. “What surprised me was that Credence was to be a Dumbledore and Nagini is Voldemort’s snake,” he said.

Ariana Estrada, another 7th-grade student at AdVenture said that the movie was really interesting and entertaining. “The way Leta Lestrange sacrificed herself towards the end really blew my mind,” she said.  

Rowan Edwards, an additional 7th grader at AdVenture said that he was also surprised that Grindelwald told Credence that he was Dumbledore’s brother. When asked what he thinks might happen in the next movie, he said, “I think in the next movie Dumbledore and Credence might fight and Newt will protect Dumbledore. Tina and Queenie might also fight and also Tina and Newt will get closer.”

Christian Miyoko, another 7th-grade student at AdVenture thinks that Credence is not actually part of the Dumbledore family. “If I were to describe this movie in three words, I would say Interesting, Plot-Twisting, and Magical,” he said.

Harry Potter fans were very excited to see this movie when it came out. They were shocked of how it ended, and they were intrigued to see where this series goes. If you haven’t seen the movie and are a Harry Potter fan or a fan of engaging and magical movies, then you should definitely put Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald on your list of movies to watch.