We’ve got a big Batman movie coming out this weekend, so big studios are putting out big trailers for their next big movies. That’s how this system works. The problem is that I don’t particularly care about Morbius or Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
I have as much interest in the upcoming Morbius movie as I do in the character of Morbius himself, which is very little. I think this movie is going to flop hard.
I just don’t find anything about this movie appealing. I don’t like Jared Leto in the lead role. I don’t like the CGI vampire facepaint. I don’t like the weak attempt to cast him as an anti-hero. I don’t like all the cringy references to Venom. I don’t like shoehorning Adrian Toomes into this movie to try and leech off the MCU. None of it looks good!
Then we’ve got The Secrets of Dumbledore, a seemingly sad and pathetic attempt to keep this franchise alive.
Don’t get me wrong, Harry Potter is still a strong franchise. I’m probably gonna play that Harry Potter video game when it comes out, but mostly because I love create-a-character open world games. But surely the franchise has taken a lot of hits lately, what with J.K. Rowling coming out as a huge bigot and the last Fantastic Beasts movie just being pretty bad.
But they’re trying again, so I guess more power to them?
Both Morbius and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore come out in April.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is coming! And proof that nobody originally intended this to be a 5-movie epic is that “Fantastic Beasts” umbrella. It just doesn’t work anymore. But who am I to judge? I’m not making movies. I’m just sitting here amazed that somebody in power feels this franchise has legs.
I did not like the last Fantastic Beasts movie. I have zero interest in Dumbledore’s secret brother. This franchise has one job: just tell more stories in the Harry Potter Universe. And yet two films in, it’s already upturned the table and is just gonna go hog wild doing whatever it wants. More power to it, I suppose.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore arrives in theaters on April 15.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once upon a time, I was going to write a post about how Newt Scamander doesn’t actually do anything in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Rewatch the film and you’ll see. He doesn’t impact the main plot until maybe at the very end.
Either way, the new sequel is out today! So let’s enjoy the video.
Solid How It Should Have Ended. Thankfully, when they don’t do superheroes, they don’t go to their Batman/Superman cafe scenes. I like that.
Daniel Radcliffe and his Harry Potter classmates are getting up there in age. So I’m curious, will we ever get a crossover between the Harry Potter franchise and the Fantastic Beasts franchise? I don’t know what it would entail…though Newt Scamander’s grandson did go on to marry Luna Lovegood.
Oh yeah, there’s a new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Looks pretty good. The first film was pretty forgettable. This sequel is going to include Dumbledore and Hogwarts. Will that result in more success? We’ll find out!