Updated: Apr 29, 2022
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, directed by David Yates, is the third installment to J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts series, which is a prequel to her wildly successful "Harry Potter" series. The movie stars Eddie Redmayne, reprising his role as Newt Scamander, and Jude Law, as Albus Dumbledore. It's primarily about Gellert Grindelwald, played by Mads Mikkelsen, who has a plot to absolve himself of the crimes against him and run for Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards to begin his war against the muggles. It is up to Newt, Dumbledore, and their team to stop him.
Now people have been pretty critical of the Fantastic Beasts series but I honestly like the series. I think people ask for too much in a movie, or they tie it too closely the magic (no pun intended) that gravitated them towards Harry Potter. I think people need to see this series as a stand lone series that happens to take place in the same universe as Harry Potter. I think the cast did a great job with their roles and brought the wizarding world to life through their performances. Mikkelsen did a good job with Grindelwald no complaints, it's just sad about the whole Johnny Depp situation. It is interesting how the movie didn't acknowledge the change at all. In a movie where disbelief is already suspended, it asks us to suspend it even more.