First things first, I loved this film! I loved that it took place in the wizarding world of Harry Potter but stood as its own entity. I loved how America’s wizards had it’s own set of rules; for example, Muggles were called No Maj and American wizards couldn’t associate with them. I enjoyed seeing glimpses of that, because it’s the same in the real world, things are different in the UK versus here (EX saying the bathroom vs the loo). So while the film lost some of its British charm that Harry Potter has, it was a smart touch.
Eddie Redmayne was obviously amazing, I mean the man’s an Oscar winner. Is there any role he can’t master? And I loved his character Newt, he was adorably loveable and really made you want to fight for his beasts! I actually loved all the characters, they were all interesting! I enjoyed the comic relief of the No Maj, thought Ezra Miller was dark and tragic, and even liked the character Tina. She was desperately trying to do what she thought was right and she (alongside her sister) was a kind moral centre for the film.
Now, let’s get to those Easter Eggs. Right off the bat I had a feeling Colin Farrell’s character Graves would turn out to be Gellert Grindelwald (or at least his son). Reason being? Right off the bat with the first scene, we saw Johnny Depp’s back after he attacked those people as Gellert Grindelwald. The next scene saw Farrell investigating a crime scene with his hair exactly the same as Depp’s. I figured it was either a polyjuice potion or he was Grindelwalds son (because why not?). And my suspicions were verified once he pulled out the Deathly Hallows, I was like, yep, Grindelwald.
I loved the reference to Newt’s ex girlfriend (played by Zoë Kravitz, did you guys catch that?!) who’s name was none other than Leta Lestrange aka probably the mother/sister of Bellatrix Lestrange’s husband Rodolphus Lestrange another supporter of Voldemort.
Also, did you catch that Newt’s last name is Scamander? Once upon a time the amazing J.K Rowling let it slip that fan favourite Luna Lovegood married a man by the name of Rolf Scamander, who I can only assume is Newt’s grandson! Which is cute because Luna, as did all of Hogwarts, had to read his now published book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them as apart of their school curriculum.
Now, onto my favourite Easter Egg: Credence (played by Ezra Miller) and his Obscurus powers. Some people argued that this power came out of no where, but that’s where you’d be wrong. In fact, this whole film makes sense based on Grindelwald searching for the Obscurus, because he’s already seen one in action. Dumbledore’s sister Ariana. When she was 6, Ariana was attacked by Muggle boys who saw her practising magic, this attack left her traumatised to the point of rendering her magical abilities uncontrollable. She began to internalize her powers, making her the first known Obscurus to us vivid Harry Potter fans. When a fight broke out between Dumbledore, Grindelwald and Aberforth her powers exploded resulting in her death and the end of Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship. It stands to reason that he’d want to poses this power, and go searching for it in America where Dumbledore couldn’t touch him.
I absolutely loved that! It seriously brought everything in full circle! It’s just those little connections that make a film great, and shows how to properly handle a prequel/spin off.
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