Story by Yashowanto Ghosh, Staff Writer
Photo courtesy of IMDB
Fantastic Beasts are on the loose in theatres right now—”Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald”—and Johnny Depp’s performance as Gellert Grindelwald, with eyes of different colours (see picture above), is genuinely magical.
The movie being part of the prequel to the “Harry Potter” series, you already know where it is ultimately headed: Albus Dumbledore is going to defeat Grindelwald in 1945. This latest installment is still building up to that confrontation with clear parallels between Grindelwald and Hitler, from Grindelwald having a reputation for being a highly persuasive speaker—literally having a “silver tongue”—to actually using his silver tongue in a rousing speech where he rallies his supporters with the promise of a new world order with wizards as its masters, which is a clear allusion to the Nazi concept of a master race.
In a brilliant touch of dark humour, the movie has Grindelwald showing visions of what would happen unless the wizards took over—and the visions he shows are what actually happened in the second world war, from tank warfare to the mushroom cloud.
Throughout the movie, Dumbledore, on account of a blood pact the two wizards once made when they were close friends in their youth, avoids fighting Grindelwald. The task of thwarting Grindelwald—the role of the main protagonist of the movie—falls upon Newt Scamander, who is played adorably by Eddie Redmayne. The supporting characters, like all characters J.K. Rowling writes, are memorable as well, and the entire cast comes up with memorable performances, but the screen in this movie really belongs to Johnny Depp.
That said, plot-wise, the movie feels a bit like a middle child. It ends with Grindelwald finding a wizard who is powerful enough to kill Dumbledore, thus setting up the next installment. Curious to know whom Grindelwald picks? Go watch Fantastic Beasts 2 and find out for yourself!
Yashowanto Ghosh is a senior with a major in communication and minors in journalism and writing. Jasho is also an alumnus of Aquinas (B.A. German ’11).