The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Month continues with our SPOILER FILLED review of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald! Special guest co-host Ryan McDonald returns to the show to breakdown all the twists, character revelations, and more! With a special appearance by Ron Weasley! Listen here or subscribe on Stitcher and iTunes:
We’re some big old Potterheads here at World’s Best Media (Don’t worry, it’s not just you. I also wanted to punch myself in the face after using the term “Potterheads”). With Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald arriving in theatres this week, November is The Wizarding World of Harry Pottermonth at World’s Best Media. Mike Cole and I co-wrote an article where we debate who played the best Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films, Richard Harris? or Michael Gambon? You can find that in our Featured section and it’s pretty goddamn good if I do say so myself!
Also keep a look out for the next episode of The World’s Best Podcast, where we do a deep dive, spoiler filled review of Fantastic Beasts: The Crime of Casting Johnny Depp as Grindelwald! (All kidding aside, I hear he’s actually great in the movie and I’m really looking forward to seeing it). We’ll be posting other Harry Potter themed articles and podcasts throughout the rest of the month.
In keeping with our theme for the month, 2 of my favorite YouTube channels, Mr. Sunday Movies and The Nerdwriter, posted 2 great Harry Potter themed video editorials that I wanted to share. You can watch both below and I highly recommend that any Harry Potter fan gives them a watch. Make sure you check back here for more great Harry Potter themed content! Maybe even follow us, by clicking the Follow icon on the bottom right corner of the home page and put in your email address. No spam or any other crap, just a notification email when we have a new article, video, or podcast posted. It helps quite a bit if you’d like to show support for World’s Best Media. Anyway thanks for reading and enjoy the videos below!
I haven’t spoken much about it on any of our podcasts or written about it in any of my articles, but I’m a huge, huge fan of the Harry Potter books. I really believe they’ll go down in history, remembered as some of the best fantasy literature of our time. For the most part, I’m also a big fan of the films as well. There were some things that were fundamentally flawed to them, but to get such a beloved series done that well, over eight films is a huge accomplishment. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Parts One and Two were probably the best of the films.
But my favorite moments in the books were always quiet, character driven moments. Like an emotional and distraught Harry venting to Dumbledore in his office after the death of Sirius Black. Or seeing the real reason Snape hated Harry so much, when Harry gets a glimpse in a pensive that shows him Snape’s worst memory. Which included being humiliated by Harry’s father when they were both students at Hogwarts. Harry had to come to terms with the idea that his Dad wasn’t the perfect, ideal image in his head, but a real, flawed person. For the most part I felt some of the most powerful moments in the Books were passed too quickly, if they were even touched on it all.
Now we have this new series of films that take place in the Harry Potter Universe set in the late 1920’s: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”or as Mr. Sunday Movies calls them “Fantastic Creatures, Have You Seen Them, Where Are They, Are They In The Case? I Bet They’re In The Case. They were In The Case”. EW.com had a bunch of great character photos from the upcoming movie, which I have posted throughout the article. I enjoyed the first film well enough, but what that really hurt the film for me was the reveal that Collin Farrell‘s character was actually Gellert Grindelwald, infamous dark wizard in disguise, played in ridiculous make up by Johnny Depp. Shortly after the first Fantastic Beasts film came out it was announced that the over arcing plot of the series would be the growing threat of Grindelwald and the magical war that takes place in this universe roughly around the time of our WW2 in the muggle world.
I really like this concept from a storytelling standpoint because in the Harry Potter books and films Dumbledore is such a world renowned, respected wizard because he cut his teeth being the man who took down Grindelwald, who was at that time the darkest and most dangerous wizard the world had ever seen (at least until He Who Must Not Be Named came along). Dumbledore has always been one of the more fascinating characters in the Harry Potter universe, so getting to see more of this character in a very different part of his life is really intriguing to me. Another interesting wrinkle in this backstory is the fact that Dumbledore and Grindelwald were romantically involved. They were kind of like Charles Xavier and Magneto, they were two men who were gifted magicians and had a lot of the same ideas, but Grindelwald felt that Muggles should bow down and be subservient to the wizards of the world. Grindenwald felt that magic users were inherently superior to non-magical humans. That’s where he and Dumbledore parted ways and their friendship became increasingly antagonistic until Grindelwald gathered followers and was basically in open war with the rest of the world. You’ll see in the photos that they cast Jude Law as young(ish) Dumbledore, which I think is excellent casting.
Still, I can’t help think it was such a missed opportunity that they swapped out Colin Farrell for Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp hasn’t put in a compelling performance in years. He relies on absurd visual gimmicks, just like you see in these photos. Colin Farrell was genuinely menacing in Fantastic Beasts. He’s a great actor and would’ve made an excellent Grindelwald. I still hope they keep him around and use him in the series in someway (I forget his character’s name). Because the only way a wizard can turn into another person is by creating a potion called pollyjuice but that requires the person they are impersonating to still be alive. So the real Colin Farrell has to be out there somewhere. Anyway I thought these were some interesting photos that I thought you’d find interesting. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens in theaters 11/16/2018.