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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Crimes of Grindelwald

Title: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay
Author: J.K. Rowling
Rating: ★★★★

J.K. Rowling’s five-film Fantastic Beasts adventure series continues with the original screenplay for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shape the wizarding world, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.

Let me just start off by saying that I completely adore the book covers. They are aesthetically beautiful in so many ways. And the minor details of the screenplay writing, with illustrations I dote on.

Did anyone notice the symbol on the title screen?!


I’m always scared of the second installment in a series. They tend to be fillers. And I felt like that was the case for me here. I mean, what were Grindelwald’s crimes in the movie? He just escaped. All the good stuff is going to happen in the third screenplay. Obvi. I just had a hard time connecting with this novel. If it were a standalone, it would fail miserably. There wasn’t enough plot to survive on its own.

What is interesting to me is that Newt goes from being Switzerland to actually choosing who to side with. It seemed like that was a personality trait of his to remain neutral, and I felt that his decision was out of character.

Nagini was brilliant! She is the epitome of “cool” and her story is amazing. I would love to see how that plays out more in the next screenplay. What was weird is that there were so many little stories about all of these new characters. It actually lessened the plot for me because it didn’t tie in all that well. It was like, “Let’s try to make this as interesting as we can. We still need to let readers know about blah, blah, blah people, etc.” Just hold your horses, you are allowed to do that in more than one novel!

The nifflers play an even bigger role in this screenplay and I love it! We also see more of Dumbledore. I remember, years ago, there was a suspicion and rumor about him, and we finally receive the long-awaited answer.


Give me more “crime” that was promised in the next installment!

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