3. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Release Year: 2018
Director: David Yates
Starring: Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, and Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald
The second movie in the Fantastic Beasts series is definitely the weakest, as it struggles to give enough time to each of the central characters and feels very convoluted. The sequel came out in 2018 and again follows Newt Scamander, this time a few months after the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. As the fight against Gellert Grindelwald continues, Newt teams up with a young Albus Dumbledore to stop his army of dark magic from wreaking havoc on the world.
While it’s fun to see a younger version of Dumbledore and learn about more Harry Potter lore, The Crimes of Grindelwald tries to fit in too many storylines and misses out on essential character development. A few of the characters who viewers love are also underutilized, such as Queenie Goldstein and Jacob Kowalski.
The release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald also came soon after the accusations of abuse made by Amber Heard against Johnny Depp. Though J.K. Rowling came out and supported Depp, many Potterheads did not agree with the decision to keep him in the series as Grindelwald. The actor was eventually asked to leave the franchise and does not appear in the third movie. All of the controversy surrounding the second installment just leaves a bad taste in my mouth while watching.
Overall, The Crimes of Grindelwald is a skippable movie, but if you’re a diehard fan of the Harry Potter world, we get why you’d want to watch it.