Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Director David Yates returns with the third installment of “The Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and written by J.K. Rowling; what a beautiful film this is.


The introduction to the film was truly magical, it felt as if I were enchanted from the very beginning. Amazing CGI which is unbelievably easy on the eyes, and the pacing of the film is flawless, I wanted to see more.
I fell in love with this film and in my opinion, I regard the third installment as the best so far.
With Johnny Depp no longer playing “Gellert Grindelwald” obviously I had my pupils on who’d be his replacement and as soon as I saw (Mads Mikkelsen) best known from “James Bond: Casino Royale” I instinctively knew we were in for a ride.
Mads Mikkelsen is a phenomenal actor if not great and I say this with the utmost respect but I couldn’t stop picturing Johnny Depp for probably the first half of the film, after that I was all in with Mads, I enjoyed his personification of Gellert Grindelwald and that’s how you know J.K. Rowling is a great writer.
One of the biggest discoveries during this film was finding out that Professor Albus Dumbledore had a brother, “Aberforth Dumbledore” played by (Richard Coyle) who is also the father of Credence Barebone. I have watched all the Harry Potter movies and didn’t know about this, the reveal came as a shocker that’s for sure lol…
The differential line between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald is illuminated by how they treat the people close to them. While Albus Dumbledore trusts his friends and comrades one hundred percent, Grindelwald is ever questioning his allies’ loyalty and checking up on them for the slightest hint of disloyalty.
Without Jacob Kowalski I wonder where this series would be honestly, the man’s humor and innocence are so heartwarming to watch. The moment on the train, his sarcasm brought me to tears. I’m glad he found his happily ever after at last.
Same with Newt Scamander and his Theseus. The scene in the cave is highly running for my favorite scene in the entire film. Seeing the all-so-serious Theseus out of character for once was just bliss, never in my wildest imagination did I ever think such a scene would exist for Theseus and it was pure gold lol…
The counter sight strategy by Albus Dumbledore was out of this world, how far can this wizard see into the future? I mean wow, Dumbledore was certainly amazing during these times, I certainly love this other side to him rather than that in “Harry Potter” films.
The Cinematography of this film is breathtaking, credits to George Richmond for the incredible scenes. The fight scene between Dumbledore and Credence was so visually appealing, the sequence was straightforward, and the aftermath was so telling. While Credence out of pain destroyed everything in his way, Dumbledore did not damage a thing, the little things shown and said are what make this movie magnificent, it’s genius.
I must admit though, I had my doubts about “Bunty” played by (Victoria Yeates) and assistant to Newt Scamander after taking the suitcase but even I too as the audience had to put my faith in Dumbledore’s plan, though seeing Newt without his signature suitcase was easily nerve-wracking.
For a film that is over two hours long, time sure flew by, it’s as if I blinked twice and we were already at the end of the film.
Loved seeing the school of Hogwarts, the memorable sports field, and of course the “Golden Snitch” which possesses one of the fabled Deathly Hallows that will become more relevant later in Dumbledore’s life.
A truly magical film with an amazingly talented cast, I can only hope that a fourth installment is approved. I could go on and on but then my review would be too long, so this is where I will end my review on The Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore.
Thanks for reading…Fantastic Beasts

David Yates

“The Dumbledore in this story is quite removed from the Dumbledore that we get to see in the later timeline books and movies. He’s mischievous, he’s radical, but there is also a melancholy, which is something that Jude and I were excited to explore.”

Mads Mikkelsen
Eddie Redmayne
Jude Law
Dan Fogler
Callum Turner
Jessica Williams
William Nadylam
Victoria Yeates
Alison Sudol
Professor Albus Dumbledore is forced to move against his former friend, and dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald who plans to lead the world into darkness for both the human and wizard world. But Dumbledore puts his faith in his friends Newt Scamander and his allies to help make things right. 
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  • Prudence Saudi

    LSR, I really admire your passion. By reading ur review, it makes me want to go and see the movie. Looking forward to the fourth installment. Well done to Dadid Yates for a magical movie.

    Looking forward to another review. Work well done LSR.

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