Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

David Yates has a difficult task of directing stories about the wizarding world with so many details and layers. He gives us a good second part with nostalgia and fuel to look forward to more installments.

JK Rowling gives us more from a world the fans love so much, that we soon get lost in the story and it’s many sub-plots. It was interesting to see a villain who makes Voldemort look tame, and is colder than he was. It’s easy to see why he wanted to follow in Grindelwald’s footsteps, as Johnny Depp sets the cruelty and treachery bar high.

Seeing Hogwarts and Albus Dumbledore again on screen is a joy only a potterhead would understand, and just for that alone, this film was worth it. Jude Law is perfect as Albus. The rest of the cast, old and new, with their back stories, all tie in well to the end, accompanied by many tiny glimmers of things we have learned in the potter world.

A decent way to tie in fantastic beasts to the wizarding world, which will eventually lead to events we eagerly anticipate. One thing we can count on for sure, is by the end of the five films, we will have new questions, but a whole treasure trove about a world we have come to love so much.

3/5

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Fantastic Beasts and where to find them (2016)

The last wizarding world film we saw was in 2011, so just for bringing it back to us, this film was special.

JK Rowling has given us a new world, a new language and it’s deep and meaningful. What we are up against is far more terrifying than fantastic beasts, most of which are not harmful, some maybe large but all are out of their environment.

It’s the 1920s New York, basic wizarding terms are used and explained, so people who haven’t seen Harry Potter movies or read the books can view this film independently. Eddie Redmayne plays an introvert Newt Scamander, transporting magical creatures who manage to escape. While finding Newt and his beasts the ministry solves issues which plague their own existence.

For fans the film feels familiar, we dive straight into the world, devouring every bit of information, new and old. The beasts are woven in seamlessly, while merging darker and more sinister ideas. David Yates gives a good vision to Rowling’s words, putting together an impactful introduction to four more films which will bring back more of our favourite characters.

3.5/5

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2016)

Words cannot do justice to the joy and excitement I and the entire audience experienced at watching our favourite characters come live in theatre and to see a story about a world we adore so much. JK Rowling and the other writers have created a wonderful plot for the stage, with brilliant execution and a fascinating production. We actually thought we are witnessing live magic! There are plenty of twists and turns and surprises galore! Suffice to say readers and fans are in for a treat when they get their hands on the book, out at the end of the month. And for the lucky ones like me, the memory of watching parts 1&2 is something I will cherish for a lifetime. Until July 31st, I keep the secret!

The boy who loved

When we speak of Lily’s Love that protected Harry, we tend to overlook that it was not only that person’s love at work. What Lily did for Harry was what any mother would do, cast herself in front of a danger that would take her life instead of her child’s.

The love that I am speaking of, started much before Harry came into existence. It started when a socially awkward Severus Snape fell in love with a young Lily. The night Lily died saving Harry’s life, we can say one form of her perished, but another very significant part lived on.

If Snape’s unrequited love died with Lily that night, Harry’s story would have turned out very differently. It was Snape who actually showed what love is all about, even if the other person didn’t know it existed. He saw Lily in Harry’s eyes, and though was not fond of him as he was much like his father James, Snape played his part extremely well, till the end.

The protection therefore was provided by everyone else, the unwilling Dursleys, the caring Weasleys, Harry’s many friends at Hogwarts, Minerva McGonagall, Dobby and others who fought with the Order and of course Albus Dumbledore. He was instrumental in seeking out Tom Riddle, a most unfortunate credit to his name, amongst his many merits.

But the one person who had lost everything dear to him and protected in the name of a memory was Severus. It is said eyes are the window to the soul, and part of his died seeing Lily’s lifeless gaze the night Voldemort cast the killing curse.

Much is spoken of the love that binds two people, the love between parents and children, siblings, friends, but what of the unrequited kind? That is the clear hero of this tale.

The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The journey of the dwarves continues in the second part of The Hobbit trilogy. The first part was heavier on the eyes with more cgi action, this time round the drama and dialogue quotient was high, which made it easier to watch.

Long at 2 hours and 40 minutes for a 3D film, it is an effective bridge between the first and third part. Smaug probably got a bit too chatty, but the scenes were crafted well, treasures rolling all over, keeping the audience entertained. The escape scene of the dwarves, action scenes between orcs and elves, the spider encounter, were some of the highlights.

A lot of scenes conjured up ‘Harry Potter’ moments, showing us how much J.K. Rowling may have been inspired by Tolkien’s writing. There was grandeur, there were small moments, which entertained and occasionally tickled.

3/5