After I saw the first part, I just wasn’t sure.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) had its moments. And just like the name suggests: fantastic beasts!

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The characters, though well-acted, appeared mostly lost—seeds of humor spread here and there—, however, there were more slow, cloudy moments than plot-forwarding action and suspense.

The sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) is the flip side of another coin. It restored my faith in original movie-making genius. And to the following three parts to come.

Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. Picture: © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.

After seeing both versions of the sequel—the 3D version and the 2D one—I was able to enjoy more of the fine details created for us by Director David Yates and screenwriter J.K. Rowling.

Yes. The same Rowling, who brought us the Harry Potter books, movies and more.

There are two sides to Rowling’s talent. She’s able to create vivid scenes and plot twists and make them work in her fine books, and then—knowing that what works in prose doesn’t necessarily translate well on the big screen—put that pizazz in a compact script that erupts on the screen in form of wonder, suspense and beauty.

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)’ in cinemas now.