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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Cliffhangers

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Cliffhangers

Rebekah Williams, Editor

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The wizarding world of Harry Potter has once again opened its doors to a new story, more specifically the continuation of a certain wizard and his magical beasts. With his new book of magical creatures released, Newt Scamander has been recruited by the one and only Albus Dumbledore to find a way to stop the powerful wizard, Gellert Grindelwald.

As a Harry Potter fan since childhood, each addition to the series is very exciting; though after watching the continuation, I am questioning much of what I know. The way that the original Harry Potter books and movies have explained the past lives of other witches and wizards, it leaves the viewer with a new found sense of confusion towards the returning character of Creedence Barebone. My confusion first grows when he makes a return, though it was quite obvious that he would after the first installment of the series, it’s where he has landed and what he is looking for that only unravels my unending confusion. His search for answers of his past only ends with the revealing of everyone else’s except his, including that of the Lestrange family.

One amazing thing that I thought really tied this movie into the universe was its smooth transition between easter eggs. Many of the original pieces of the books finally got some screen time, including a brief glimpse at the sorcerer’s stone seen with Nicholas Flemmel, and the hidden origin story of Nagini – Voldemort’s precious snake. Though the most confusing is the return of the famous and beloved Professor McGonagall. Her return has been pointed out as chronologically incorrect, seeing as she was only seventy years old when she first appeared in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and the new movie takes place sixty-four years earlier. Her age and the setting of the movie just don’t add up. Another original artifact to return is the elder wand, but instead in the hands of Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald rather than Dumbledore.

What makes a good villain is the manipulative ways they have on people, including those close to the hero. What makes Grindelwald so good at being bad is the way he has turned so many wizards into his own army. If you were looking for heartbreak, it can definitely be found right at the end. The man can spin his lies seamlessly, but even I was hardly convinced that he had the true answers that Credence was looking for, especially some that, once again, went against what the original movies have said – or rather not said.

The most aggravating part of the movie is the ending, of course. The annoying and frustrating cliffhanger leaves every Potterhead shouting in confusion. When a lost boy looking for his home, a pair of ex-best friends, and a familiar Pheonix are mixed together in one scene, the only result is madness.

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Rebekah Williams, Editor

Rebekah Williams is a junior, and this is her second year on staff and first year as Editor. Williams joined newspaper because she enjoys writing and might...

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