[Movie Review] Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

p13663846_p_v8_agTHIS IS MY INITIAL THOUGHTS AFTER WATCHING THE FILM

Directed by: David Yates
Writer: JK Rowling
Based on the characters created by: JK Rowling
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, Johnny Depp


Now how do I review this without spoiling the movie so much? LOL

Crimes of Grindelwald takes place in 1927, three months after the event of the first film. I go into the cinema with such low expectations, thinking that the movie would be bad and bland, but I am absolutely blown out-of-the-way!

We get to see all of the characters from the first Fantastic Beast film and it is great to see them again on-screen after two years of waiting. A lot of new characters are introduced as well, such as Leta Lestrange, Theseus Scamander, Nicolas Flamel and my most favourite character, Albus Dumbledore. We get to see Gellert Grindelwald’s actions really well in the movie, as he is progressively dominating the world and people around him. It is refreshing to watch some of the characters on-screen that are sometimes mentioned in the books.

The plot is certainly interesting but it raised many questions instead of answers. It pains me that we have no way other than to wait for the next film to search for answers. I really hope that the waiting is worth it.

The setting of the movie is also different from the previous film, this particular film sets in London, Paris and also Hogwarts. When the soundtrack and scene of Hogwarts come into view, I cried because it has been such a long time we have seen Hogwarts on the big screen. The surroundings and students makes me feel home. It makes me miss Harry, Ron and Hermione more.

The most meaningful part of this film is the reunion between the characters. All of them have been separated for a quite of time, seeing them together again is totally a moment of triumph. Watching the movie feels like learning and starting about the Wizarding World all over again. It’s because this franchise is not based on books or written materials, so viewers are constantly being surprised by the story and plot twists. I honestly like it this way because it gives you the chance to expect the unexpected. It forces you to think out of the box. It makes me even excited to watch theory videos from Super Carlin Brothers after this!

There are many surprised, happy, damn-hilarious, sad and WTF moments in the movie. This movie is an epitome of roller coaster of emotions. It is both fun and light to watch a movie without too much of action, because all of the hilarious parts of the movie have balanced it all.

We also see a move of diversity in the film. The world and characters are in a different spectrum compared to the Harry Potter universe. More people of colour casts are involved in the film, showing the world is indeed inclusive with other cultures as well.

Personally, I really don’t mind watching and immersing myself in this new world. I totally appreciate new content from JK Rowling. I know people have been very vocal about JK Rowling messing up with this world and it seems a lot of things that JK Rowling has added and done to this new world is very much contradicting to the Harry Potter universe. I at times, question the canonicity of this universe, with such opposing information in this movie compared to what we have initially learnt in the books. Like Professor McGonagall’s cameo? The ending? After thinking about the film, I wish all of that would have not happened.

Anyway, as fans, I really hope that this franchise will be successful as the Harry Potter. I absolutely love this film, more than the first one. I would totally watch it again for the second time, for better understanding and research purposes. My advice is to watch it by yourself, without thinking too much of people’s critical review on this film. If you are a Harry Potter fan by heart, I can guarantee that you will love this as much I do.

I would love to hear your thoughts about the movie too! Are you excited or unimpressed?

My rating: 4 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Sabrina

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Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

“There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways… their magical prowess – their daring – their powers of deduction – and, of course, their ability to cope with danger.”

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – alive!

RATING

5 SHINING STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HERE’S MY REVIEW! 

WHAT A WONDERFUL JOURNEY INDEED! UNARGUABLY A 5 STAR STORY!

I was rereading this story for the second time during early of the year because I just missed the Wizarding World so much! Last year during end of July we have the privilege of reading the eighth story of Harry Potter. Unfortunately, it didn’t satisfy many Potterheads mainly because of the plot line. However, I am grateful because who doesn’t want a new Harry Potter story right? There were some Chamber of Secrets and Goblet of Fire contents and references in the script book and I thought a reread would be nice to remember and acknowledge the scenes from the Cursed Child.

There were so many things and rare events happening and there were more new characters involved in this new book that made this story my most favourite book of the series. It is really different from the previous books. More action packed, a lot of humour involved, huge character development and as well as more background stories that we got to know.

The first event that took place was the Quidditch World Cup finals! The scene was written so precisely and heavily detailed from the gathering of wizards from all over the world until the final match between Ireland and Bulgaria. What warmed my heart was the Weasleys were willing to fetch and serve a ticket for Harry for the Quidditch event. They knew that Harry is a big fan of Quidditch. The Weasleys deserved everything in the world because they own such good hearts indeed 😀

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

The second event was the Triwizard Tournament! The most prestigious event that ever happened in Hogwarts during Harry’s time in the school. We have seen different wizarding school from different countries gathered at Hogwarts to compete and win the tournament. The story was written with very interesting fine points and enjoyable at the same time. The tournament united many wizards from all around the world in order to instill cooperation and make friends.

 

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

The first task was my most favourite one because Harry won it at first place! Harry won the task so perfectly with his ability in flying on a broomstick. Before winning the task, Harry and Ron’s relationship was unsteady because of Harry’s involvement in the tournament. The whole school thought that he did put his name in the Goblet of Fire. What I thought during reading was ‘Poor Harry so much he has to face this crap all by himself’ :(. However, after winning the first task the school started to accept him back and congratulated him.

The second and third task were getting much intense as more challenges and obstacles were given to the champions and made the champions anxious day by day. During reading the second and third task, I was so anxious and scared for all champions on what they would face during the task. I must say, Barty Crouch Jr.’s plan was so brilliantly executed and very genius on his attempt on meeting Harry with his enemy, Voldemort. During the scene when Barty was under the influence of Veritaserum (a serum which makes you tell the truth), all of the information made sense so much for his peculiar doing when he was imposing Mad Eye Moody. I felt very saddened by Mr Crouch’s whole family ending. He was just an overwork Ministry officer who wanted the best for the wizarding world.

Overall, I just loved the friendship portrayed by Harry, Hermoine and Ron. They understand and will always be there for each other. I adored their friendship so much and I would like to see them more in the future in new stories. I also loved the bonding of Harry and Sirius and as well with Dumbledore and that shows how important it was to have adultery advice in everything we do. Quotes from Dumbledore were also priceless and bring so much meaning to me.

JK Rowling, thank you so much on writing this wonderful, wonderful story that brought so much happiness to me as a kid and even now as a young adult who is going to dip her toes into the world of responsibilities. I now see this story as an inspiration for myself, to not always give up in everything, to not care what others say shit about you and to always, always be kind to another, even though they hurt you.

This masterpiece will always have a place in my heart. ❤

“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”    

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Sabrina

Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K Rowling)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

“Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transportation for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.”

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss…

RATING

4.8 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

This is my third time rereading Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban. I would not say that this book is my favourite in the series. However, it was indeed a good recap to remember all the details of this particular book.

In terms of plot line, I was not too keen and interested with it as the beginning of the story really lacked with action, adventure and interesting dialogues. It was not until a few chapters to the end that I was totally sucked in because the plot and story got better. I could not deny that Prisoner of Azkaban is the most profound and meaningful chapter for Harry as he discovered his father’s background story at Hogwarts with his best friends and the unexpected reunion with Sirius Black, his godfather.

We witnessed Harry’s transition as he learned how to embrace and face his ultimate fears and mastered an advanced magic spell to eradicate Dementors. We observed Harry’s struggles during Sirius Black’s escape from the wizard prison, Azkaban. As a 13-year-old kid overhearing gossips that are telling you a mass murderer is on the loose and is going to find and kill you, you will be frightened to death. That was exactly happened to Harry.

As I delved 100 pages in, the story became more interesting with appearances of new characters in the Wizarding World such as Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney, who were Defence Against the Dark Arts and Divination teacher respectively. As for the third year students, Lupin was the most excellent DADA teacher they ever had. I could also feel the excitement and motivation of the students whatever Lupin taught them. Many dark magical creatures were introduced too such as dementors, bogarts, werewolfs and hippogriffs.

Harry Potter is not Harry Potter without any hilarious moments. Ron and Hermione’s feud was so bad like there was no chance of them getting better and when Harry unintentionally blew up his aunt. Those moments were so priceless. Hermione’s behaviour was also very peculiar. She started to be missing out of nowhere, called out a professor and slapped Draco Malfoy, took too many classes at one time, we all thought that Hermione was going nuts! Where did the sweet Hermione go to? LOL

My favourite moment was when the Weasley twins gifted Harry the Marauder’s Map for him to sneak out from Hogwarts to Hogmeade during outing days. Not to mention when Gryffindor finally won the Quidditch House Cup for the first time since Charlie Weasley was on the team.

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I could feel that Harry yearned for an adult’s attention. He thought that he deserved to feel a familial bond with someone or anyone who he could call family. Thank goodness he met Sirius Black. I love how Sirius truly felt the responsibility to take care Harry’s doing in and outside school. Wherever Sirius’s at, Harry felt like home. It was almost like Harry had been known Sirius for the rest of his life. Same goes to Remus Lupin. Lupin, warm heartedly accepted and treated Harry like a friend. Harry deserved all of the love.

One of the greatest things about Harry Potter is as you delve deeper into the world, you will notice profound improvement in each book, more complex plot line and unexpected hints that makes the ending more logical along the story. 

J.K Rowling is indeed a genius and a careful plotter. The characters are so realistic and they are written like they are real people, not like fictional characters. No matter how many times I reread the series, I will always be inspired by the complexity and intricacy of the world. That is why Harry Potter is readable by all walks of life.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” 

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Sabrina

 

Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling)

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Blurb from Goodreads: 

“There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.”

Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors – and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone… Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.

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Review: Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter “H”.

Harry Potter has never heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

An incredible adventure is about to begin! 

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne)

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This is considered to be the eighth official story of the Harry Potter series.

The internet was thrilled on the release day (31st July 2016) while Potterhead fans lined and gathered for the ‘Night Release Party’ at bookstores all around the world to witness another release of this anticipated book series!

SYNOPSIS

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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