Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald came out with fans knowing the future of Grindelwald but we were still excited to see certain specifics and the inevitable battle between the two halves as it is considered the greatest duel of all time.

First, if you were looking for a Dumbledore-centric film then you are going to be disappointed. Jude Law is able to capture all the emotional nuances of Dumbledore that we never got to see when he was older and wiser but it is really a small part of the film. Dumbledore is clearly tortured with the fact that his old friend is going around doing all of these horrible things but he seems to be guiding other people to help put an end to Grindelwald.

Grindelwald, freshly broken out of prison, is recruiting members for his cause but unlike Voldemort, Grindelwald does so not with fear but with a message a lot of people can get behind: freedom. Freedom to marry non-magical people and to use your abilities in the open. So, for people who have been penalized for using their magic and people who wish to marry muggles (no-maj’s) Grindelwald’s message is very seductive. I think that is why he is actually more dangerous than Voldemort and how he was able to amass a bigger following.

Newt is banned from travel but once he learns that Credence is alive and that Tina is looking for him in Paris, Newt does everything he can to track them both down. Credence is looking for his true parentage because he wants to belong and the whole film alludes to the fact that him and Leta Lestrange may actually be siblings but Leta who’s been carrying burden reveals that she swapped her baby brother for another and her brother actually drowned so Credence cannot actually be a blood relative.

Credence is distraught and decides to follow Grindelwald so that he can get insight into who his family is. Meanwhile Queenie, Tina’s sister, has been madly in love with Jacob joins Grindelwald so that she may get the freedom to marry Jacob. She leaves her family behind and Leta is killed in the impending struggle.

The movie ends with everyone showing up on Dumbledore’s doorstep at Hogwarts, like in the beginning of the film, asking for help. This time Newt has acquired the token that holds the blood pact Dumbledore and Grindelwald made to each other in hopes that Dumbledore will be able to break it so Dumbledore can stop using proxies and take on Grindelwald himself. Meanwhile, Grindelwald reveals Credence’s true parentage as a Dumbledore and begins to gear him up for a battle with his brother.

Now this battle (between Albus Dumbledore and his brother) was not known to us because its not in the history we know of the Dumbledores but I’m curious to see how it turns out and how Credence/Aurelius vanishes in the history of the struggle between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. I’m also curious to find out about the full history of the Dumbledores and how Credence ended up where he did.

It seems the next installment of Fantastic Beasts is going to be a great finale to a surprisingly interesting villain that is Grindelwald.

Also, it would be nice to see how Nagini a Maledictus, who thought joining Grindelwald was a bad idea became a pet to a person like Tom Riddle (Voldemort).

Rating: 8.7/10