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 The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer Breakdown

Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home. So nothing feels more comforting than seeing Hogwarts for the first time in the Harry Potter spin-off series Fantastic Beasts.

But Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second film in the new five-movie franchise (out November 16, 2018), only gives us a fleeting glimpse of Hogwarts before whisking off on more globe-trotting adventures. This time: Paris. The metropolitan capital of France will be the battleground for the oncoming war against the dark wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), which will be fought by our intrepid hero Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and a young, hot Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law).

Join us on our frame-by-frame breakdown of the first Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer.

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100% Soft Kaweidoscope Art

One of the most unique and unmistakable pop culture artists working today is 100% Soft. His adorable illustrations have brought cute flair to our favorite movies and television shows. His artwork is so delightful that the likes of Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm commissioned him to create the little emojis that appear on Twitter with certain character and title hashtags.

For his latest project, 100% Soft is getting a little trippy with his signature art style. The Gallery 1988 show Kaweidoscopes features 100% Soft’s familiar character designs, but in a symmetrical, circular pattern as if they were being viewed through a kaleidoscope. Not only are there regular prints of these new pieces, but there are also lenticular versions that make them all the more trippy. Read More »

harry potter hogwarts mystery trailer

Soon, you will have to make the choice between what is right and what is easy.

Just kidding, your time at Hogwarts won’t be quite so dire as that. The Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery role-playing video game allows you to become a student at the wizarding school, but without the life-or-death stakes of Harry Potter. Just a normal school year battling killer trees, solving mysteries, and fighting reanimated suits of armor. Casual.

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Harry Potter LEGO Sets

It’s been years since any Harry Potter themed LEGO sets were manufactured. There were a variety of sets available when the original film franchise was at the height of its popularity, but ever since the original franchise came to an end in 2011, the creation of any new sets has been stagnant. But that’s about to change.

A new line of Harry Potter LEGO sets will be released starting in the second half of 2018 with the Hogwarts Great Hall playset. The new sets will bring to life scenes and characters from both the original Harry Potter franchise and the more recent Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise. Get a first look at the first of the new Harry Potter LEGO sets below. Read More »

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Harry Potter Theme Park Orlando - Morning Watch

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, take a tour of the celebration of Harry Potter happening down at Universal Studios Orlando. Plus, watch the nearly one-hour round table discussion with some of the most buzzed about actresses this awards season, and take a tour of the only superhero museum in the world, the Hall of Heroes. Read More »

Harry Potter Cruise

If you’re one of the hundreds of millions of Harry Potter fans who have always wanted to sail across the Great Lake on the way to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, you can now get one step closer.

Barge Ladies cruise company has put together an enchanting new vacation opportunity for Harry Potter fans to enjoy late this summer. The cruise is luxurious enough by itself, but it will also stop at several real life locations used during the filming of the Harry Potter franchise.

Find out more about the Harry Potter cruise below. Read More »

Best YA Movie Adaptations

Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this week’s edition, we celebrate the release of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials by asking “What is your favorite young adult or children’s book adaptation?” Read More »

harry potter hogwarts mystery trailer

Your letter from Hogwarts has finally arrived. A new mobile role-playing game, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, will allow players the chance to go back to Hogwarts (and back to witches, and wizards, and magical beasts) and attend school as an avatar who can form friendships, learn spells and, of course, solve mysteries.

We first learned about this mobile RPG game — which is separate from the recently announced Harry Potter augmented reality game — back in December, but now the first trailer for Hogwarts Mystery has officially been released. Get ready to be Stupefied.

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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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