Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald debuts worldwide between November 14th and November 23rd, although only Japan has to wait that long. Both the United States and the United Kingdom have premiere dates on November 16, 2018. That said, select cinemas in the United States (including the one closest to me in rural Georgia!) have their first showings the evening of November 15th.

A few lucky fans have the opportunity to see The Crimes of Grindelwald early… including me! I trekked into Atlanta on Saturday, November 3rd to join a large group of Potterheads for a special advance screening of The Crimes of Grindelwald.

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All of us fans received a commemorative pin and a Deathly Hallows key chain. Preceding the film, the organizers asked the crowd a few fun trivia questions. Then came a costume contest! Finally, all attendees made an Unbreakable Vow not to reveal the film’s secrets.

I promise to keep that vow–and not only because I’m afraid of the deathly consequences!

Thus this review of The Crimes of Grindelwald will contain some spoilers, but it will only refer to film elements from the trailers. If you’ve seen all of the movie trailers, then this review will not reveal any additional information. However, if you’re avoiding the film trailers, stop reading! The section below will include information available in the trailers.

If you’d rather watch my review, check out my latest YouTube video. It includes some analysis not mentioned below. Still no spoilers!

The Crimes of Grindelwald Film Review

Where do I even begin?! This was my immediate reaction.

Yeah. It was just that good. My friends were equally amazed, also stunned into silence.

Settings

As seen in the trailers, settings include both Hogwarts and Paris.

An older Hogwarts, with students wearing different uniforms, still feels like home.

A magical Paris, set in the 1920s, is everything I could want and more. I lived outside Paris once upon a time, and this movie version is how Paris feels to me when I ignore the commercialization.

Three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig and his team built the 1927-era Paris on the backlot of Warner Bros. Leavesden just outside London. The architecture, the design, and the details are all truly incredible.

Costumes

The main outfits are all seen in the trailers and the official cast photos. However, the magical Paris really comes to life with the background characters all beautifully dressed.

Queenie Goldstein remains as stylish as ever, but her sister Tina Goldstein also has a fresh new look in this film. The cast even joked about this, along with Credence Barebone’s new style, during a livestream that aired after the film screening.

And I totally want to live in Leta Lestrange’s entire wardrobe. She is the epitome of sophistication!

Plot

Well… there’s not much I can reveal about the plot! Let’s just say that I didn’t see anything coming. At all. Well, aside from Newt Scamander being as perfectly adorable as always! Obviously he’s still wonderful with magical creatures and beasts, and they still play enough of a role to warrant the film’s title Fantastic Beasts.

Characters

So much character development.

Exciting new characters.

Unexpected character backgrounds, motivations, and choices.

And naturally, the acting is phenomenal. All the actors do a truly remarkable job in their roles.

Have you seen Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald yet? Are you excited for the release? Share your comments below!

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