Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review (With Spoilers)

By Nola Killpack

So, Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes and Grindelwald came out on November 16 and, for those of you who don’t know, it’s the second movie in a five-part series, set in a 1920s, American version of the Harry Potter world. I am a huge fan of Harry Potter, so naturally, I went to see it not once, but twice. While anything J.K. Rowling pens is sure to be nothing short of incredible (save perhaps for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was an utter disaster), the newest installment in the Fantastic Beasts series had a few problems that just cannot be ignored!

1.) What about Dumbledore and Grindelwald?

Even JK Rowling herself has admitted that Dumbledore and Grindelwald, the two most powerful wizards in the world are, or were at least at one point, in love. So why is there no mention of their relationship in the movie? Sure, there are little clues (like Dumbledore seeing Grindelwald in the mirror of Erised and the blood peg), and I know it has been said that the relationship between these two drastically different characters will become more apparent in the remaining three movies, but the Wizarding World has now gone seven books, a play, and ten movies without a single mention of an LGBTQ+ character. And what’s the point of revealing that Dumbledore is gay if you’re not going to ‘explicitly’ show it?

2.) Did Leta Lestrange Really Have to Die?

Leta Lestrange defies the Lestrange legacy and proves that she is a true heroine when she sacrifices herself to save Newt and his brother Theseus with a final “I love you.” But why on earth did she have to die??? While there has been some speculation that she is not actually dead, and I find it hard to believe that Zoë Kravitz won’t make some sort of appearance in the coming installments (think flashbacks), it doesn’t change the fact that millions of people watched her burn. Leta was strong and neither she nor viewers deserve a death so soon after her introduction into the franchise. And what of the love quadrilateral between Theseus, Leta, Newt, and Tina? It only just begun and now it’s over?

3.) What’s Up With Queenie?

Despite Queenie’s reputation as a ‘dumb blonde,’ she proved herself to be brave and independent in the first movie, but her character in the second just doesn’t match up. From giving Jacob a love potion to get him to marry her and then falling right into Grindelwald’s trap and becoming one of his followers, this Queenie is completely different from the one we thought we knew. I guess you could justify her actions by saying that her love for Jacob overcame her reason, but then why was she still willing to go with Grindelwald after Jacob refused to come with her?

Nevertheless, I do think that Crimes of Grindelwald is definitely worth seeing. There’s some ingenious plot twists, new magical creatures, cool sets, and some important references to the Harry Potter series (including cameos from Nagini, Nicolas Flamel, and Mcgonagall!)