My reservations about Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore were unjustified

I’ve averted my attention from the Fantastic Beasts franchise since its conception. I despised the concept of adding to a series that wrapped up so perfectly and completed my childhood so satisfyingly. However, After actually sitting down and witnessing the exciting storyline and production of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, I don’t know why I ever felt that way.

The film was nothing as I expected; no parts of the wizarding world that the Harry Potter movies created were in any way ruptured or construed, and the film also managed to differentiate itself immediately by starting with an intense and action-filled beginning sequence. This eased me into the idea that the purpose of this movie wasn’t in any way to replicate or continue the old movies, but to expand on them. 

As I was watching, I actually began to love the concept of these movies, which was to create a different storyline with new and old beloved characters within the same universe that I, and so many others, had developed an attachment to. After beginning at the end, I immediately made plans to watch the preceding Fantastic Beast films that I had missed.

One of the central reasons behind that decision was the soundtrack. The soundtrack was a true work of art. Not only was it masterful in the way it amplified emotion in many of the scenes, but it also did an astonishing job of connecting all the movies that fall under the umbrella of the wizarding world. Just as the soundtrack managed to be distinct and original, it also evoked nostalgia and sentimentalism. 

Just as the soundtrack managed to be distinct and original, it also evoked nostalgia and sentimentalism. ”

Expanding more on nostalgia, each team that worked together in constructing this film continuously performed their role superbly. The set and costume designers specifically deserve a great deal of recognition for their work on not only crafting beautiful pieces, but also creating a feel appropriate for the time period. 

The writers also did a commendable job of adding components that although small, were incredibly meaningful. One of these moments was the recall of the “Monsters Book of Monsters” textbook and the multiplying charm which were both heavily featured in the original Harry Potter films. Those moments along with the many other purposeful scenes and reminiscent scenery reminded me of the thought that went into conceptualizing and creating this movie. 

The actors in the film also deserve strong recognition. This movie created room for a true ensemble of main characters and storylines to shine through, something that movies oftentimes stray away from; however, it was accomplished breathtakingly. From Eddie Redmayne to Jude Law to Jessica Williams, each actor played their role with obvious purpose and passion that was addicting to watch play out on screen. 

If, as I did, you feel any sort of reservations towards this film, set those feelings aside for two hours and twenty-three minutes. If you loved the Harry Potter movies then, of course, this film is catered towards you, but even if you don’t fall in that category, there are musical scores, talented actors, and awe-inspiring scenery that any individual could appreciate.