Hot Toys Fantastic Beasts Figures

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald topped the box office this past weekend, and you can bring some of the Harry Potter franchise home with you thanks to Hot Toys.

A new line of collectible figures inspired by the Fantastic Beasts franchise has been announced by the high-end toy manufacturer in the form of sixth scale figures of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Each of them come with a great collection of accessories too. Check out both of the Hot Toys Fantastic Beasts figures below. Read More »

How Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Should Have Ended

Now that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is in theaters, it’s time to look back at the twist ending of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, once you see what How It Should Have Ended came up with, you’ll find yourself realizing that the sequel exists because of the irresponsibility and inconsistency with which the Magical Congress of the United States of America deals with magical crime.

Find out how Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them should have ended below. Read More »

Hacking in Movies

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a hacker and security expert breaks down the accuracy of hacking in movies and television. Plus, Albus Dumbledore is a master manipulator in the Harry Potter franchise, but that might be a good thing, and Michael B. Jordan went undercover on the internet to address some comments and questions from fans. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald Soundtrack

This fall’s sequels Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Halloween are two of the most anticipated movies of the year, and they also come with two of the most anticipated scores as well. James Newton Howard is tackling the Harry Potter spin-off sequel while John Carpenter himself returned to craft the score for the new Halloween, along with his collaborators Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. Both of the soundtracks have released new sample tracks to tease fans before they full scores are released. Listen to them below! Read More »

Making of Fantastic Beasts Audiobook

Whenever a new blockbuster movie comes along, there are always plenty of featurettes that take you behind the scenes and usually an accompanying book that dives into the concept art created during development and pre-production. But the next Wizarding World sequel will take that to a new level.

Audible is teaming up with Pottermore and Warner Bros. Pictures to release an audiobook called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Makers, Mysteries and Magic, which will dive into the making of the Harry Potter spin-off sequel due in theaters this fall. And to make the experience that much more immersive, it will feature the voices of the film’s cast. Find out more below. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Young Newt Scamander Photo

Hey, did you forget that there’s another installment of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming this fall? The second chapter of what is intended to be a five-part film franchise is called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and it will introduce us to the youngest version of Albus Dumbledore we’ve seen yet (played by Jude Law). But it turns out we’ll actually see an even younger version of the Hogwarts professor in the film than we previously thought, and we’ll see a young Newt Scamander along with him.

A new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald image has surfaced online, and it’s a flashback photo revealing Newt Scamander as a Hogwarts student. Rather than using visual effects to make Eddie Redmayne look younger, director David Yates cast a young actor named Joshua Shea, and he’s the spitting image of the Oscar-winning star. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer Breakdown - Eddie Redmayne as New Scamander

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: why the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer made one writer so angry.)

When I was a kid, the image of Hogwarts conjured magical surreality; a cognitive awareness that this place wasn’t real in the technical sense, but alive somewhere in the crook of a collective imagination. The words of Dumbledore spring to mind: “Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

That’s how I’ve always seen stories. Real, because the words make them so. And, in the case of Hogwarts, real because the movies made them so, too. In the Harry Potter films, the castle took on an eerie actuality: towers like sharp teeth or open arms, depending on the slant of life. All great fantasy castles have that familial dichotomy. That’s how Hogwarts has always felt: like family, like home.

So, why did its appearance in the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer leave me completely cold? Actually, worse than cold – almost angry?

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Fantastic Beasts VFX Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how the wizarding world of the United States was created in a visual effects breakdown of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Plus, watch The Hollywood Reporter’s full roundtable discussuon with producers of the most buzzed about movies of this awards season, and see how the script for Pixar’s Inside Out compares to the final cut of the movie. Read More »

fantastic beasts movies settings

The wizarding world of Harry Potter is about to get a whole lot bigger. While the original children’s fantasy franchise remained firmly in the close-knit magical community in Britain, its spin-off series, Fantastic Beastshas made a concerted effort to move beyond the comfy confines of Hogwarts.

First, the series went West, with the franchise setting foot on American soil for the first time in the New York City-set Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Its sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, will go a tad more international, primarily taking place in Paris. But this isn’t the only globe-trotting that our intrepid magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) will be doing — the next three Fantastic Beasts movies will all take place in a different city.

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fantastic beasts 2 cast

Joining the hunt for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams, as well as a bevy of other new and familiar characters from Harry Potter lore. One of those familiar characters: the renowned Nicolas Flamel, whose Philosopher/Sorcerer’s Stone formed the basis for the first Harry Potter book and movie. Now we’ll get to see him as a young and strapping wizard, and hopefully better for the wear than Johnny Depp‘s evil Grindelwald, whose terrorizing presence will be even bigger in the Fantastic Beasts sequel.

Pottermore has dropped a bunch of new information about the Fantastic Beasts 2 cast and characters, as well as a rudimentary synopsis of the film.

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