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Fantastic Beasts The Secrets of Dumbledore Review: Fans praise the film's visual effects

The Secrets of Dumbledore opens with a revelation that has spawned countless fan theories and fan fictions
Fantastic Beasts The Secrets of Dumbledore Review: Fans praise the film's visual effects
Fantastic Beasts The Secrets of Dumbledore

Despite the negative press (Johnny Depp's court case and J.K. Rowling's views on trans people) and the perception that expanding the Wizarding World franchise is a waste of money, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is a fun film.

Featuring Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), this is the third instalment in the series following the exploits of magi zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) (2018). Yates is back as director, while Rowling is back as screenwriter. Scamander's book is frequently cited as one of the required textbooks at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books, despite the fact that Scamander does not appear in any of the books or films.

The Secrets of Dumbledore opens with a revelation that has spawned countless fan theories and fan fictions: Dumbledore declaring his love for Grindelwald, which is about to expire. Before magic takes precedence in terms of graphics and storyline, this moment has an emotional maturity tied to it. On the one hand, Grindelwald is dead set on waging war against the muggles, whereas Dumbledore isn't so sure. Set in 1930s Germany, Grindelwald is clearly influenced by Hitler, and his fascist attitude turns him from a confined prisoner to a prospective Supreme Head candidate for the International Federation of Wizards. While Dumbeldore is the logical competitor to confront a strong Grindelwald, who can see parts of the future, Albus is bound by a blood link with Gellert, which prevents them from fighting. As a result, Dumbledore gathers a motley crew of wizards and a muggle to assist him in thwarting his former lover's nefarious schemes and, as a result, save the world from doom.

Professor Eulalie 'Lally' Hicks (Jessica Williams), a street smart charms teacher, Yusuf Kama (William Nadylam), Leta Lestrange's half-brother and a French wizard, and Bunty Broadacre (Victoria Yeates) are among the Fantastic team. The kryptonite in this case is qilin, a mystical creature (imagine a cross between a dragon and a deer) that only bows to the most pure of hearts. The qilin has an age-old tradition of deciding who is worthy of authority, and with the impending elections in Bhutan, both Grindelwald and Dumbledore have a qilin.

What works in J. K. Rowling and Steve Kloves' Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore's script, as opposed to the previous two instalments, is a sense of emotional maturity, as seen in Harry Potter veteran David Yates' direction, especially in Dumbledore's characterisation, as he's torn between love and duty. However, due of the overabundance of sub-plots, you're left wondering what the movie is actually about. This is evident in how Newt's plot, which was meant to be the franchise's main arc, gets lost in translation while the other characters' arcs are also disjointed.

Dan Fogler and Jessica Williams bring contagious charms and cheeky humour to their respective loveable characters, who will emerge as fan favourites to support for. The actors portraying Porpertina 'Tina' Goldstein, Newt's love interest and an American witch, William Nadylam and Katherine Waterston, don't have much to work with. Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Jacob's love interest who joins Grindelwald's dark side, enlightens in a short amount of time, while Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone succeeds to evoke excitement regarding his dissatisfied family background through his physical performance.

One aspect of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore that hasn't been surpassed is the visual perfection. This is especially evident in the magnificent action moments, like as an otherworldly combat between Dumbledore and Credence that allows both action and words to speak for themselves. The mythical creatures that emerge from Newt's utopian bag are every bit as charming as you'd anticipate. The technical prowess of George Richmond's art-conscious cinematography, Stuart Craig and Neil Lamont's gorgeous, detailed production design, and James Newton Howard's princely soundtrack took on the assignment head-on and excelled in spades in bringing J.K. Rowling's enchanted world to the silver screen.