Movie Mania: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Hey guys! I finally got around watching the film everybody is talking about. Two years ago the first film in the new franchise set in the wizarding world was released and ever since then fans have been waiting anxiously for the next installment. But does it live up to all the big expectations? Let’s find out!  

 

The Plot:
After the events of the first movie, Newt Scamander is trying to get the Ministry of Magic to lift his travel ban. Little does he know that very soon he’d be leaving America on request of Albus Dumbledor. Newt is to locate Credence Barebone before the dark and powerful Wizard Grindelwald can find him…

 

The Rating:
To be honest, I just struggled a bit with summing up the plot. That represents my feelings on the film quite well!
First of all, despite being titled The Crimes of Grindelwald, I couldn’t really figure out what his crimes actually were. I had expected to see what he had done in the past, but I suppose we’ll get that in another movie. In this installment he doesn’t do that much and actually has very little screen time. That one of the major points that irritated me about this film.
Furthermore, in terms of plot, there’s barely anything going on, that’s what made it so hard to summarize. We don’t get too many bits of new information and ultimatly the entire film seems to be setting up for things yet to come. With a run time of over two hours, it’s simply far to long to be enjoyable when merely consisting of building blocks for later adventures. What we find out here could have been shortened to a flashback scene in the next movie and nobody would be sad about it. Many new characters get introduced but barely get to say a word. Leta Lestrange, for example, was such a promising character. We find out a few things about her past, but ultimately she remains ever so pale as she has just about no lines in this film! I can’t even say anything about Jude Law’s performance or about Johnny Depp because they had just exteneded cameos in this movie! Continue reading

Movie Mania: Voldemort – Origins of the Heir

Hey guys!
Todays review will be very interesting for the Harry Potter fans among you: the long-awaited fan-made movie Voldemort – Origins of the Heir was finally released!

 

 

The Plot:
This 52 minute long film depicts the teenage years of Tom Riddle and his first steps on the road to be become Lord Voldemort, the darkest of all Wizards.

 

The Rating:
I have to confess, I was so excited about this whole project. When I had first heard about the idea for this film, I was already jumping up and down. However, this project wasn’t made without controversies. Following the Kickstarter campaign to finance this, movie Warner Bros. filed a law suit for copyright violations. Well, it was agreed that they are not allowed to generate any profit with the movie, so the production could continue and on 13th January, it was made available on Youtube.  Continue reading

4 Harry Potter Things I missed in the Movies!

Hey guys!
I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter book series and was reminded of so many great details I loved while reading the novels. Unfortunately not all of them made it to the adaptations. Here’s what they missed!

 

#1 – Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare:
In the books Hermione starts this little movement after she finds out that elves are practically slaves. She tries to get others to join, has a programme and begins knitting hats for the elves.

 

#2 – Dudley’s Goodbye:
In the movie adaptation the farewell between Harry and his family is rather cold (just like the relationship was in general). But in the novel the goodbye between Harry and Dudley was so wonderful it warmed my heart. The two finally make up and Dudley even thanks him for saving his life. It almost broke my heart that this scene wasn’t in the film! Continue reading

Movie Mania: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hello my lovely readers!
Finally. After it took me just about forever to check out the film, It took me even longer to finally get started with the review. Anyway, here is what every Harry Potter fan has been longing for: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

 

The Plot:
In 1926 Newt Scamander travels to New York. The magizoolist is on his way to Arizona when he encounters some trouble. He accidentally swaps his suitcase (filled with magical creatures) with the one of a muggle. While Newt tries to find all his creatures, many more problems arise in New York… Continue reading

Book Review: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp

Hey Folks!
To get into the magic spirit before watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Review coming in the days, right here), I finally read the last Hogwarts Library book missing in my collection. So let’s find out some stuff about Quidditch!

Quidditch Through the Ages Goodreads Cover

Quidditch Through the Ages Goodreads Cover

 

The Plot:
Kennilworthy Whisp collected many interesting facts about every wizards favourite game, Quidditch. First of all, we find out about the history, the development of the game itself, famous teams and all the rules!

 

The Rating:
As usual: lovely. JK Rowling excelled herself with this one. I really like Fantastic Beats and Where to find them (the original book, not the screenplay) and The Tales of Beedle The Bard, so I was excited to finally check it out. Quidditch Through the Ages is another great supplement to cure the post Harry Potter blues. Not only has she created an amazing world but also gives it more depth with each single book she publishes. She pays attention to every detail, like inventing a magical writer or giving a foreword by Dumbledore. Even the illustrations are on point. But what I liked best about this one is the humor. I can’t even tell you how often I laughed out loud! Continue reading

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

Hey Guys – hope you are having a nice week-end!
Finally. I finally got hold of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to read it this year. From the time it came out up to now every copy the library had (and they have quite a bunch) was constantly borrowed.
Well, recently I got really lucky! 😀

 

The Plot:
Quite some time has passed since we last left Hogwarts. By now Harry’s and Ginny’s second son Albus Severus first heads for King’s Cross Station. Soon he makes a very unlikely friend: Scorpius – Draco Malfoy’s son.
However, after Albus overhears a conversation between his father and Amos Diggory, an idea start to grow in his head. Many people did for his father but maybe Cedric Diggory could be saved.
As we know, meddling with time travel never does any good…

 

The Rating:
I have to admit, I read Harry Potter for the first time last summer. But I was hooked from page 1. JK Rowling created such an impressive and magical world, her stories touch you. So, The Cursed Child has quite big shoes to step into. Before I had a chance to read the book, there was plenty of time to check out reviews. There are some very mixed feelings out there, from loved it to super awful – the whole spectrum is covered. So I was even more excited (and a little nervous) about this one!
First of all, let me explain something: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is intended to be a play, therefore the “book” is not what you would traditionally imagine it be. It is simply the script for the play, containing nothing but a few stage directions and dialogue.
If reading that kind of stuff is not something you are used to, it can be pretty hard to get into as it is very different from a regular book. That might be a reason some people disliked the “book”.
Apart from that, I have to say that JK Rowling created an interesting story that’s both heart-warming and heart-breaking. It’s hell of a ride through time with some unexpected plot twists. Of course we also meet some old friends. You know, I immediately thought Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would make for an amazing film but then my heart to broke over the fact that Alan Rickman isn’t there to play Snape :’-(

So, I don’t want to  add any spoilers, therefore this review is a little short.
There is one thing you should bear in mind with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: It’s not a regular book, it’s a script to a play. If you get yourself acquainted with that kind of style, I am certain you will love it!

Did you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Maybe even saw the play? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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