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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer #2 (2018) *Who Will Change the Future?*

After an uneven summer of sequel madness, it’s good to look forward to franchises that rarely-if ever-disappoint. The Wizarding World is back this fall with its 10th film installment and the second in the Fantastic Beasts cycle. The second trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was unveiled at Comic-Con today and it’s absolutely eye-popping. In addition to the continuing adventures of Newt and company, Potterheads will enjoy Easter eggs like Dumbledore as DADA professor, Nicholas Flamel, and The Mirror of Erised. Check out CBR’s notes from Warner Brother’s panel discussion of the film below.

Jude Law confirmed that this movie will be a “who’s side are you on story,” where the “wizards within the Wizarding World will be asked whose side they’re on. The depths and the darkness of this story are some of the darkest this franchise has gone.” Ezra Miller chimed in “Definitely” in confirmation.

Law continued with his take on Dumbledore, “I love the fact that people keep calling him ‘young Dumbledore,” because I’m 45,” he laughed. “…There’s a long way to go between this Dumbledore and the one we see here. David Yates our director really let me free to establish him on my own here, but I hope he’ll have some familiar traits. He’s still mischievous and…he still has this ability to manipulate people.”

The panel was then surprise interrupted by Johnny Depp appearing in full costume, in character as Grindelwald giving an ominous speech. “It has been said that I hate the muggles, the no-mag, the can’t-spells, I do not hate them,” Depp said in character, giving fans an insight into Grindelwald’s personality. Depp immediately left the stage after his performance.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is being directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling, and produced by David Heyman. The film Opens in theaters November 16, 2018.Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Poster

Domhnall Gleeson’s 10 Best Movies

Domhnall GleesonDomhnall Gleeson, son of brilliant actor Brendan Gleeson, is only in his mid-30s, but he’s already put together an impressive resume.  Breaking out in 2015 when he starred in The Revenant, Ex Machina, AND Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the actor has become one of the my favorite additions to any ensemble.  He’s also completely capable of playing the leading man, as he did in About Time and Good-bye Christopher Robin.  It’s not enough that he’s a part of Star Wars, Gleeson is also a member of the Wizarding World, appearing in the final two Harry Potter films as the most ginger-friendly family in fiction: The Weasleys.  Incredibly versatile and as hard-working as his dad, Gleeson’s future looks very bright.
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer #1 (2018) *Who Will Stand Against the Darkness?*

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Pictured from left to right: Jude Law plays a young Albus Dumbledore, taking on the mantle of one of J.K. Rowling’s most beloved characters; Ezra Miller makes a return as the enigmatic Credence, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film; Claudia Kim appears as a Maledictus, the carrier of a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast; Zoe Kravitz plays Leta Lestrange, who had once been close to Newt Scamander but is now engaged to his brother; Callum Turner joins the cast as Newt’s older brother, Theseus Scamander, a celebrated war hero and the Head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic; Katherine Waterston returns as Tina Goldstein, who has been reinstated as an Auror for MACUSA; Eddie Redmayne stars again as wizarding world Magizoologist Newt Scamander, who has now gained fame in the wizarding world as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Dan Fogler reprises the role of the only No-Maj in the group, Jacob Kowalski; Alison Sudol reprises the part of Tina’s free-spirited sister, Queenie Goldstein, a Legilimens who can read minds; and Johnny Depp returns as the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is being directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling, and produced by David Heyman. The film Opens in theaters November 16, 2018.
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POLL RESULTS: Best Harry Potter Movie!!!

With the return of The Wizarding World, Killing Time readers this month mulled over the question of which is the greatest of the eight (now nine) films that make up JK Rowling’s universe?  The winner (and my choice as well) was the third film in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Azkaban is the book and the film that takes Harry Potter from an intriguing kids series to an all-ages fantasy adventure.  Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron brought a darkness and maturity to the series and broke them from the mode of being literal translations of the novels to being films in their own right.  Finishing in second was the fourth film in the series: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, followed by the grand finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort, Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Every Potter film received at least one vote except for the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  Now, come on, people.  That movie is actually the only film that’s better than its book, and it is certainly better than the first two films.  Tsk.  I can see it being no one’s favorite, but someone voted for Chamber of Secrets and THAT person, since they’ve clearly lost their mind, might have thrown Phoenix a pity vote.

Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I’ll leave the results up until Thursday at midnight, at which time the Rogue One Review Poll will go up.  Now, this should go without saying, but nothing ever does, so let’s go over it.  Do not vote before you see the film.  Let it settle a bit before you did to avoid the knee-jerk BEST FILM EVER or I HATE EVERYTHING reactions.  We’ve only done this once before for Episode VII, and it worked out pretty well, so we’re verging on making this an annual tradition.  The film’s world premiere was last night, and there’s positive buzz coming out of it, though the review ban won’t be lifted until tomorrow (which is why I will be going as dark as possible between then and when I see the movie Friday night).
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Albus Dumbledore, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Severus Snape, Alan Rickman, harry potter, Daniel Radcliffe

POLL: Best Harry Potter Movie!!!

The Harry Potter films finished just before the beginning of Killing Time, so we haven’t had a lot of cause to talk about the eight-film franchise.  That changes this month as we return to The Wizarding World for the first in a five-film series spun out of one of Harry’s textbooks at Hogwarts: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  The new series takes place in early 20th Century America, far from the magical castle where we saw Harry, Ron and Hermione grow up from Sorcerer’s Stone to part two of The Deathly Hallows. Continue reading POLL: Best Harry Potter Movie!!!