Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Videos & Photos

  • Official Trailer
  • Final Trailer

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" franchise which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander.

Cast

  • Johnny Depp
  • Kevin Guthrie
  • Carmen Ejogo
  • Wolf Roth
  • Eddie Redmayne
  • Zoë Kravitz
  • Callum Turner
  • Derek Riddell
  • Cornell John
  • Ezra Miller

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Filming began in January 2017. On Twitter, J.K. Rowling announced that Alison Sudol would return, alongside the already confirmed Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston.
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Goofs

  • When Newt and Tina are caught infiltrating the French Ministry of Magic, Newt can clearly be heard saying that the cats are 'familiars', despite the fact that on Pottermore.com, screenwriter and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling clearly states that familiars "do not exist within the world of Harry Potter." However, Newt actually states that the cats are "spirit familiars", which may be something very different from the traditional concept of familiars that Rowling stated do not exist in the Wizarding World.
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Quotes

    • [from trailer]
    • Torquil Travers: There's a rumor that Newt Scamander is headed to Paris. I know he's working under your orders. What do you have to say for yourself, Dumbledore?
    • Albus Dumbledore: If you'd ever had the pleasure to teach him, you'd know Newt is not a great follower of orders.
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Verified Review
#grindenwaldconfusion

While visually gorgeous, the storytelling is confusing, overburdened with characters, and it left me feeling like I wasn’t in the club. None of the other movies made me feel this way. And the ending, which was supposed to be such a “reveal,” made my head spin. I had no idea what had just happened. Didn’t understand the contact. And I am a diehard Harry Potter fan. The acting is great, the casting is great—but the actual arc of the story didn’t make it into my heart. So it’s a waste of a lot of great talent, if you ask me.

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Tina L
Verified Review
#disjointed

Confusing and disjointed. Spent most of the movie waiting for things to come together and make sense. Was really looking forward to this sequel but it turned out to be very disappointing.

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Karl O

Metacritic

30
Nov 16, 2018

The first Fantastic Beasts was a bit of a mess. The second one is actively bad. The longer this spinoff franchise goes on, the more damage it does to the legacy of the Harry Potter series — which knew not to overstay its welcome. Fantastic Beasts 2 has plenty of spells, wands, and wizards — and absolutely no magic whatsoever.

Metacritic review by Matt Singer
Matt Singer
ScreenCrush
90
Nov 8, 2018

There’s real magic here, and nothing fake about the emotions which guide it.

Fionnuala Halligan
Screen Daily
80
Nov 8, 2018

The sequel has better and at times galvanizing special effects, a darker tone and a high-stakes battle between good and evil. Best of all, its characters are more vibrantly drawn, and tangled in relationships that range from delightful to lethal.

Metacritic review by Caryn James
Caryn James
The Hollywood Reporter