The One Thing That Bugs Me The Most About Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald

I didn’t like Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald. I love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as much as the next person, and I relatively enjoyed the first Fantastic Beasts movie. But the new sequel is baloney. It’s a hodgepodge of conflicting and confusing subplots, all attempting to pad out a movie that’s really only concerned with setting up the rest of the franchise.

But there’s one thing that really, really bugged me about the new film: the casual use of the killing curse.

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Spoilers: Bellatrix kills Sirius

I’m not going to spoil anything in the movie, at least nothing important. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the acolytes of the criminal Grindewald, among others, use the killing curse. It’s just how they use it that really annoys me, and how I feel it contradicts established Harry Potter canon.

Honestly, a lot of things in The Crimes of Grindelwald contradict Harry Potter canon. And as someone who enjoys the pedantry of Harry Potter canon, the detail that JK Rowling put into the Wizarding World, a lot of this really bugged me.

But what really sticks in my craw about the new movie is how casually the wizards flick their wands and administer Avada Kedavra, the killing curse.

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Spoilers: Lucius kills nobody

In the books and the original films, we’re taught that Avada Kedavra is one of the three Unforgivable Curses. It’s a big freaking deal. We’re also taught that casting spells without shouting the incantation is a powerful magic that takes years of study. And I feel that it was heavily implied that you couldn’t just cast off Avada Kedavra without using the incantation.

You’ve got to really mean it when you cast Avada Kedavra. You’ve got to put your whole damn soul behind it. Even powerful wizards like Lucius Malfoy, Severus Snape and Vodlemort himself have to speak or shout the incantation out loud to cast it.

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Spoilers: Voldemort kills Grindelwald

But in the film, wizards can casually stroll into a room, flick their wrists and people die.

The most egregious example, the one that really grinds my gears, involved an Auror, ostensibly one of the good guys. This Auror is standing there, wand down, when he’s startled by someone at his side. He quickly turns half around, barely raises his wand, says nothing, and a little plume of green magic comes out and the person at his side is dead. It goes that quickly and that simply.

Are Aurors just flinging around the killing curse all willy nilly? Does it really not take that much effort?

Granted, the film takes place in 1927, and the Harry Potter movies don’t happen until the 1990s. Maybe stuff like this is why the Unforgivable Curses were so established in the first place. But it always felt like those were old magical rules.

Perhaps all this casual killing, by good guys and bad guys alike, led to some new magical rules. Still bugs me though.



About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on November 19, 2018, in Books, Movies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Saw it today and loved it. Sad about the direction Queenie went in but I understood it. Newt remains as charming as ever and Depp was great as Grindelwald. A nice addition the Wizarding World.

  2. I agree, this movie definitely overlooked a lot of stuff, especially the killing curse.

  3. True that pissed me off they always do that in these prequels they take something super powerful and make it casual in the new prequels just like in star wars when they use force lightning like nothing even though palpatine was the most powerful sith ever.

  4. A very good review or what you want to call it, I feel absolutely the same. Killing curse is the only spell where there is no protection (with some few exceptions being sacrificial love spell and that linked wand thingy that like never happens). This should be something needing extreme things from the person preforming it, as you said, Speaking the words out loud and enormous practice in the dark arts, as well as we know that the person really really needs to want it, mean it to even be slightly possible. I feel like if the plot was to have someone kill someone you could have done it much better. There is other ways to kill people without Avada Kedavra.

    another thing is also in the “final fight” show us some more of the power from the elder wand, the auroras doesn’t even fight back (apart from the “important” once ofc.) It could have been a nod to the previous movie where he tries to fight a bunch of people and fails but now with the elder wand it is almost easy, even when they really try and fight him so many of them.

  5. Its so funny that the part you said bugged you, about the auror so quickly killing that person near the end, is the exact reason I started googling for people with the same feeling as me… these movies so far are no good

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