Hola everyone.


You guys aren’t gonna believe how long I’ve been waiting to finally be able to write this special post right here. Yes, this one. The one you’ve just decided to read. Speaking of that – hey there, thanks for checking by. Buckle up, it’s gonna get magical today.

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So, as most of you, who have been following me for quite a while, will know, I am a huge Potterhead. If you’ve ever imagined the typical Harry Potter fan, then that’s pretty much me. I’ve grown up watching the movies, always being the same age as Harry, having this magical boy as my first crush, dreaming about going to Hogwarts and loathing Snape until the last two movies. I know which house I am – Ravenclaw, obviously -, I’ve read or more like let myself fall into all of the books and watched the movies way too many times. I’m one of those people who call Hogwarts their home (hence the title of this post), plainly because it feels like home whenever I see it. It’s a part of me, a part of my childhood, a part of my youth and thanks to the Fantastic Beasts series it has now become a part of my adulthood too. Which is also exactly what I want to talk about today. Because this Ravenclaw girl right here finally got to watch The Crimes of Grindelwald and holy moly, I’m still shook. I nearly fell off my broomstick while watching it, no joke.

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But, before I get into this – Muggles and fellow wizards and witches, please beware, from this moment on there will be crucial spoilers floating around in this post. If you have already had the chance to see the movie, I’d love to hear your opinions and start a discussion in the comment section, but for every magical reader right here that hasn’t, please only move on with caution and at your own risk. Though this post will not start moving by itself like the stairs in Hogwarts, the spoilers will indeed take most of the fun out of watching the movie afterwards. I’ve now done my duty as a good Potterhead and warned you all. So, off we go.

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First of all, like every single Harry Potter / Wizarding World movie, Crimes of Grindelwald starts off with the Warner Brothers logo floating towards you, surrounded by dark fog, while the beginning of Hedwig’s theme is playing in the background. These 3 seconds, that short melody we all know so well, was all I needed to get into the movie. And I think it’s all any Potterhead really needs. I got chills and from that moment on I was captivated by the story. I might have to mention that I watched it at the BFI IMAX in London (biggest screen in the UK, heyooo), hence the whole being captivated part, but honestly, from that moment on I just forgot everything around me. It was just me and the movie. Me and my home.

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I’m not gonna talk about the whole story of the movie, because first of all, we all pretty much know it, don’t we, and second, if I did that, we would still be sitting here on our brooms until tomorrow. Might not want to miss the next Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson because of that, right? So, I’m just gonna shed some light upon the parts that I loved the most and that plainly stood out for me and made me love the movie. Lumos.

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Where should I begin? Maybe at the most important one – the story. In my opinion, this movie was made for fans and Potterheads. The ones who watched every single movie before Crimes of Grindelwald, the ones who read the books and know the stories. Because if you haven’t, you won’t get anything. You could be the best wizard or witch in the world, heck, you could even be smarter than the one and only Hermoine Granger and you would still not get a thing if you haven’t read the books. Because if this movie doesn’t do one thing, then it’s telling you what’s going on and what Grindelwald is actually planning on doing. You wouldn’t know that he hates Muggles (sorry, guys) and that he thinks wizards and witches, pure bloods especially, are way better than them. What he wants is a wizarding domination and it won’t be easy to stop him from achieving that. Which is also why Dumbledore parted ways with him once he noticed how radical his so dearly loved Gellert had become. Lets just hope that he can break the blood pact they made and will be able to fight him sooner or later. And while I know all of this because of the fan I am, other people might not do. You just have to know to know.

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And this leads me to all the questions I now have stuck in my head and of course the mind-blowing ending and the twist that left me shaking long after the credits had rolled down. I told you I nearly fell off my broom. What happens to Queenie? Why didn’t she manage to understand that Grindelwald doesn’t care about Muggles at all and would gladly kill Jacob if he could? I’m actually creating this theory now that we will have a showdown between them in the future where Grindelwald will probably kill Jacob and Queenie will finally understand. My heart is already breaking for them.

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And what will happen to Nagini? She doesn’t seem like a bad person, so how will she end up being Voldemort’s most treasured Horcrux? And when will Newt and Tina finally get together? These two are literally so in love, I could see sparks flying around me during their scenes. And those weren’t coming from my wand, I promise. Also, Newt is literally the cutest character ever and I’m now making the decision to say that I’m literally him and he’s me. Quirky, weird, smart, awkward and with a heart that is way too big for all the darkness in the world – “You never met a monster you couldn’t love”. I’m already so excited to see how his story is going to continue. I know many people criticized that the focus shifted from him in the second movie, but I actually like that. It’s called Fantastic Beasts and not Newt Scamander for a reason.

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The only thing that is for sure now is that there will be a focus on Dumbledore and his old nemesis Grindelwald because, as we witches, wizards and well-informed Muggles all know, there will be a big battle between them, which Dumbledore will win, leaving him with the famous Elder Wand, only the most powerful wand in the wizarding world. But hold your on to your brooms, owls, cats, toads or whatever creature you’re about to set free right now – as we also all know, at the end of the literal end, Harry destroyed the wand. Nobody should ever have so much power in his/her hands, right?

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But, speaking of Dumbledore – and we’ve now reached the big twist and also the end of the movie – WHO IN THE NAME OF MERLIN IS AURELIUS DUMBLEDORE? And since when was it okay to just decide that poor Credence was the brother of Albus? And who is that Phoenix he has with him? It’s Fawkes, isn’t it? So many questions and no book in the whole Hogwarts library can give us an answer, not even the ones in the restricted section. But, here’s my theory: Grindelwald totally lied to him and Credence isn’t a Dumbledore. And there will be a scene in the future movies where Credence, or now Aurelius, and Dumbledore will be fighting each other, just to see that Fawkes will come for Dumbledore’s help. It is him who decides who is a true Dumbledore, just like Albus said in the movie: the Phoenix comes to help only a true Dumbledore in great need. But that is just my theory. I’ve also read another one on how Credence is actually Ariana, Dumbledore’s younger sister, who died in a battle between Dumbledore, Grindelwald and Aberforth Dumbledore. At least everyone thought she was dead until now. As it is believed that she was also a Obscurial, just like Credence, it could be that she never truly died, but that her Obscurus moved on to another host, which now could be Credence himself, which would indeed make him the brother of Dumbledore. Is this as exciting to you as it is to me? Even my wand is spraying sparks now.

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So yeah, there we have it. So many open questions and still three movies (or even more) to go. Honestly, I know so many people didn’t enjoy this movie as much as the first one, but I loved it. The actors are amazing, Johnny Depp is beyond magical as Grindelwald and Jude Law just guaranteed Dumbledore the title as the hottest professor at Hogwarts. Watch out, witches and wizards. I’m utterly in love with the score – as with all the Wizarding World movies -, which I’m funnily enough listening to right now. And oh my god, the imagery. So so good. Like I said, I felt like I was in the movie. There is a scene where get a glimpse of the different universes and areas Newt created for his beasts and creatures and holy Merlin, to say it was magical would be such an understatement. I now want to own a Bowtruckle. Is it allowed to own two pets/magical creatures at Hogwarts? I hope so.

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And last but not least, the one scene that really melted my heart away and probably my favourite scene in the whole movie – the scene when they showed Hogwarts for the very first time with the beloved theme playing in the background. I suddenly felt like I was coming home again, after all these years since the last HP movie ended. And yes, I had tears in my eyes and I’m not afraid to say it. Hogwarts is and will always be my home – as it will to every single wizard and witch out there. It will always be there to welcome us all home.

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So, there you go, guys. These are pretty much all my thoughts about those magical two hours I got to spend at my even more magical home again. I know this movie is kind of polarizing right now, but I’d still love to hear all your opinions. As always, I hope you enjoyed this post and wish you all an amazing rest of the week. And, of course, thanks for reading. Nox. x

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