The next installment of the Harry Potter franchise Fantastic Beasts is now just a few weeks away. While it was flying well under the radar for most of the year, the sequel, titled The Crimes of Grindelwald, has picked up quite a bit of steam over the past couple weeks. With no major releases really hitting theaters and a big effort to get the public interested in another magical journey with this eclectic group of characters, a pair of new clips have been released for the film to really give audiences of true feeling of what the highly-anticipated sequel is like.
I know some, who I’m guessing are your hardcore Harry Potter fans, have squandered at the idea of this franchise living up to its predecessor. Why does it need to though? After the first movie, it became very clear that author J.K. Rowling and Director David Yates wanted these movies to be very different from Harry Potter. Now I will say, footage so far has cleared a path for the sequel to be much closer to those movies than the original, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be different. In fact, I hope it’s different.
Of course, I’m not expecting this movie to not be similar in any way, shape or form, but it doesn’t have to follow the great blueprint that Harry Potter used before. Why can’t it create its own way? While I do expect similar aspects with The Crimes of Grindelwald, I hope the movie does find its own identity, rather than relying on something that was incredibly successful on its own.
Any-hoo, as I mentioned earlier, the movie is just a matter of weeks away. I have my tickets already and I’m sure many of you do as well. The studio and marketing team have thankfully stepped away from dropping new trailers, just to substitute them with official clips instead. These clips, ones that I will not watch personally, will no doubt give those still in question a much better idea of what kind of movie they will experience. Whether I believe in releasing official clips or not, I will acknowledge that they give the movie a second life at selling more people, if they’re watched that is.
Check out the new set of clips below, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below. Do you watch clips? How are you feeling about the sequel? Do you hope it goes more towards HP or would you rather see something different? What have you thought about the trailers? Starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Zoe Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim and Johnny Depp, Yates’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is released in November 16th.