Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is one of fantasy fandom's darker middle chapters, ala Empire Strikes Back or The Two Towers, in that there's no real introduction and no real conclusion, and the tide turns towards the bad guys. But where those Star Wars and Lord of the Rings entries pulled off the difficult feat of such filmmaking, Crimes of Grindelwald is a mixed bag, a jam-packed, Easter-egg-filled, retcon contraption that doesn't quite know its audience.
This much is clear: it's not a Harry Potter film, it doesn't advance the narrative much, and it's not exactly a kids' movie - though my reasons for saying that probably aren't what you imagine.
What does it do well? And why should I see it - or avoid it - with my family and my Potter-loving sibling? Let's get right to the reasons for that. Here are 7 (of COURSE seven) Things Parents and Potterphiles Need to Know about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald...
Beware minor spoilers ahead!
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