Friday, April 05, 2019

7 Underrated Scenes I Loved from Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald Scenes
Warner Bros. Pictures
Fantastic Beasts and The Crimes of Grindelwald was met with division within the fanbase of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world. The spin-off has three more movies to go with so much more story and character development to explore. While there are understandably reasons to disagree or question big changes to the series, there is also still plenty more meaningful, charming, and shocking moments to love.

Here are seven underrated scenes to love about the Fantastic Beasts sequel. This post contains spoilers, so don't move forward reading this post if you haven't seen the film. Otherwise I hope you enjoy the post! 

Which scenes do you love from this latest adventure in the wizarding world? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Grindelwald's masterful escape

When Percival Graves is revealed to be none other than Gellert Grindelwald at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, he delivers a chilly warning to MACUSA President Seraphina Picquery: do you think you can hold me? We immediately see that 'prediction' come true while Grindelwald is being held in one of the tightest cells MACUSA has. Grindelwald truly becomes the master behind the iron bars as Seraphina reveals his guards were changed three times and they removed Grindelwald's tongue. His "gift" of persuasion helps him plan a masterful escape and invite many, many more witches and wizards to his cause.

Reunited with Leta

Leta Lestrange was only a figment of Newt's past hinted about in the first Fantastic Beasts film. We didn't know anything about her except that she and Newt had a falling out, and subsequently, her last name means she's related to one of the biggest wizarding families ever. As Newt is being called into the Ministry of Magic to become an auror or be banned from traveling internationally around the wizarding world, we're introduced to Leta's kind, humor, and a subtle burden that she is carrying on her shoulders. From her debut into J.K. Rowling's wizarding world, Leta easily makes us fall head over heels for her and her story.

All Signs Point to Dumbledore

Throughout the Harry Potter films, there's an all-knowing sense that Dumbledore knows everything that's going on. It's not a surprise that in the adjacent spin-off all signs point to the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher when he arrives in London seeking Newt Scamander's help. Of course, Albus's involvement with Grindelwald is an emotional and passionate starting point for the future Hogwarts headmaster's plans in trying to defeat his former flame's reign for power. Jude Law's take on the wise character was a fresh remix of Richard Harris and Michael Gambon's performance from the Harry Potter films as well as being enough of his own creation.

Returning to Hogwarts

Hogwarts will always be there to welcome us home. Going back to our favorite school gives us an opportunity to feel a bit of respite while Grindelwald plots to take over the world. Not only do we get a better sense of why Dumbledore can't make a move against Grindelwald (the blood pact and the Ministry has put him under surveillance), it's also a place of bittersweet memories for Leta Lestrange who felt like an outcast by her peers but also understood by Newt. Though their relationship and why it didn't work out wasn't explored in depth in the movie, the flashbacks sequences of the two characters - one a Hufflepuff, the other a Slytherin, and both characters defying the misconceptions people have of both houses was lovely.

Newt Taming the Zouwu

Newt's acceptance and gentility towards magical creatures who are misunderstood and mistreated by the wizarding community is one of the reasons why the films are such beautiful adventures. Though we get hints of nifflers and bowtruckles (and a majestic ride with the kelpie), the second film doesn't center on Newt's furry and scaly friends as much as we'd hope. One of the best scenes is Newt extending his kind but firm guidance to a Zouwu, a Chinese creature roaming through the Paris streets.

Salamander Eyes

From beginning of the Fantastic Beasts lore, we knew that Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein would get married. A true highlight of the series so far is watching their relationship unfold. They were at odds with each other before, but has slowly developed a friendship. The falling out after taking down Grindelwald in New York City has led to their potential romance facing turbulence and misreading the signs....until Newt tries to compliment Tina by describing her eyes are similar like a salamander's. And Tina knows exactly what he means. Maybe they're on the same page after all.

Queenie Joins Grindelwald

One of the most powerful things about The Crimes of Grindelwald is watching characters like Abernathy and Grimmson take Grindelwald's side. Grindelwald's numbers climb because he gives everyone a reason to believe he can liberate them from they're hiding from. Queenie wants to be free to love and marry Jacob, and it's her naive nature which makes her the most vulnerable. Queenie joining Grindelwald is a startling parallel to the first film where Queenie believes Jacob "is one of them now", but also a heartbreaking moment for one of the best couples in the wizarding world/ Grindelwald has no plans of protecting No-Majs like Jacob, but Queenie can't see beyond what she wants and Gellert promises to stay with the ones she love (and truly love her).

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