On Tuesday I saw the long anticipated Fantastic Beasts and where to find them: The Crimes of Grindelwald (they should shorten their franchise's names though - Harry Potter was much catchier).
On Tuesday, me and my fiance went to the Haydn in Vienna to watch the double-feature and were blown away by the movie. In order to #KeeptheSecrets, I will refrain from giving a plot summary or too many details, but I really loved the movie, so I give you my 6 top reasons why you should go and watch it!
1) This franchise is made for cinema
The best aspect of this franchise is that is is intended for the medium movie, so the plot is adapted to the medium and no plot holes prevail like it was the case with Harry Potter. Also, the cinematic effects are so much better now and it is pure bliss to see the magic unfold and be welcomed back into the Wizarding World with even more convincing on-screen action.
2) Learning more about the Wizarding World
Being re-introduced into the Wizarding World feels wonderful after such a long break. The magic and success of Harry Potter lie in it not only being merely a plot, but a whole world which, as such, is inviting, inspiring and simply a place where you want to be. I could spend hours watching a movie without anything happening really, if it was just set in Rowling's Wizarding World. The intricate details, the political story lines and the real human topics which are just encased by the magic prove how genius the world is in its creation and why fans cannot get enough of it. In this movie, we learn more about old and familiar families like the Lestranges, the Dumbledores as well as American and French politics and magical realms, which is infinitely interesting to watch.
3) We're back at Hogwarts - finally
It is great fun to venture out into the world and learn new things; however, returning to where you started can be a fantastic moment, too. This movie is partly set in good ol' Hogwarts again, which the Great Hall, McGonagall and a young Dumbeldore being shown. The uniforms have a slightly different style - due to the different time era, but the general vibe is the same, and one you always want to come home to. It is also amazingly interesting to learn more about well-known characters from when they were younger.
4)We are introduced to so many magical creatures first described in the HP books
We know Nifflers from as early as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Now, they have become the main merchandise selling point of this new franchise, and we are permanently introduced to other magnificent magical creatures like Bowtruckles, Kelpies or Kappas. It is a great pleasure to see all of the details which had to be omitted in the HP films due to time restraints. It is also another boost in the merchandise area, so I can finally wish for HP stuff again at Christmas.
5) We don't have to worry about the characters
I believe that the FBAWTFT characters are well thought-out, believable and likeable. However, I will never have such a strong bond with them as I did with the Harry Potter characters, as they mainly serve as observers of a plot unfolding than the main characters as Harry, Ron and Hermione did. Therefore, you can watch the movie without fearing too much that someone beloved will die and can lean back and enjoy the magic.
6) It's a Rowling original
I cannot understand "fans" who claim they wish Rowling would stop putting out new things and that they did not enjoy her latest work. I am running the risk of making Rowling a goddess here, but actually she is. Well, at least to her universe. I cannot critcise something directly out of her pen as it is HER world and not the fans'. Knowing this is not a fan project, but really her interpreationj of her world, makes this the ultimate treat for any real HP fan. There can never be enough of the Wizarding World - so, Jo, keep on writing!