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Elena Galatas

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  1. 20 hours ago, Prof. Will Lestrange said:

    then again, there was no reason for Professor McGonagall, whom we all believed to be born either 1925 or 1935 (JKR gave her age as a "sprightly seventy" in a 2000 interview) before Crimes of Grindelwald, to be shown teaching in the turn of the 19th-to-20th century... except as an excuse to bring a fan favourite from the Harry Potter series.

    ...honestly that had never even crossed my mind. I had always imagined McGonagall was there at that time for some reason. I know she worked for the Ministry of Magic before she came to Hogwarts, but she was sort of seamlessly included in the films, and it didn't even occur to me that they were taking place much too early for her to be there. the HP Lexicon has her DOB listed as 1935 so she wouldn't have even been born yet by the time of the first three movies, let alone have been someone teaching Newt and Leta while they were at Hogwarts. It looks like they're trying to retcon her age a bit, but I don't think her addition made too much of a difference one way or another aside from, like you said, the addition of having a fan-favourite character on the big screen.

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  2. Warning: There will be spoilers, but I've marked them off. I hope lmao.

     

    I saw Secrets of Dumbledore last weekend (and I'm seeing it again this weekend, but that's not the point >.>), and I have to say that this one did a bit better than the last film in some areas, but not as great in others. I really like being able to see and learn more about magical creatures that we haven't been introduced to yet; learning about the Swooping Death and seeing it in action was really cool in Fantastic Beasts, and watching Newt introduce Jacob to all the creatures was one of my favorite parts. I'm a massive animal lover, so of course it makes sense I would totally fall for the magizoologist lol. 

     

    In any event, I really wish we were able to see more creatures in the later films like we did in the first film, but I think Secrets of Dumbledore did a decent job otherwise. 

    Spoiler

    I 100% knew that Credence wasn't some long-lost Dumbledore sibling, but I figured he was either a cousin or even Aberforth's son so I was happily surprised to see that I was correct in my theories. The way I look at it, Grindelwald never outright lies to people, he just manipulates situations to fit his own narrative, so I figured that Credence probably really was related to the Dumbledore family in some fashion with how much they showed Credence and his Phoenix. Then to have Dumbledore realize Credence was a member of his family via the Phoenix's presences and the spreading of the ashes was really interesting to me.

     

    I also have to say, the scene near the end of the film where the Qilin came to Dumbledore and bowed before him, and he was instantly like 'dear God no' made me legit laugh out loud in the theater; that was both entertaining and heartwarming to see. I feel like it was partially what Albus needed in that moment; to know that despite whatever mistakes he'd made with Gellert in the past, he was still someone who was pure of heart.

     

    All in all, I really liked the film. The way it ended wasn't entirely how I thought it would end, but I also think it ended in an intriguing manner, and I can't wait to see more films in the future.

    Spoiler

    Given the fact that the film took place in 1927, and Gellert Grindelwald wasn't defeated until 1945, I am certain that there will be more films in the future. Ironically, this defeat that ended the global wizarding war also happened to come at or near the end of the Muggle's second World War which was prophesied in Crimes of Grindelwald, and you cannot convince me that there isn't some sort of connection there.

     

    All that being said, I really want to see the final fight between Grindelwald and Dumbledore not only because the one fight we did see was kind of awesome, but primarily because that duel was described as both "one of the most well-known duels in the world" and "one of Dumbledore's most famous moments"; according to Elphias Doge in Deathly Hallows, "eye-witnesses to the duel [spoke] of the terror and awe they felt as they watched the extraordinary Dumbledore and Grindelwald do battle, and proclaimed that no duel ever matched theirs". So with those kind of descriptions, I really want to see this final duel.

     

    I also found it interesting that because Dumbledore and Aberforth joined together to defend Credence against Grindelwald who was trying to kill, it broke the blood bond they had made. I think that's one of the only real disappointments that I had; I wanted to see them go more in-depth about the blood bond that Gellert and Albus had made.

     

    In any event, I really want to see a full, massive duel between the two of them because I think they're fairly evenly matched in skill. It's not often that we see someone who's able to keep up with Dumbledore I don't think, but I also find watching them duel interesting because (much like Voldemort) Grindelwald doesn't exactly "fight fair". 

     

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  3. Also, as a secondary thought, I really wish that I had seen Will's warning myself earlier! I had gone onto the Harry Potter wikipedia to look at something about Creedence, and I saw all the spoilers from the third movie involving him, and it definitely was a shock. I hate the fact that they add in spoilers quite this early without any such warnings. 

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  4. I've seen the movie now, and I will definitely refrain from posting any sort of spoilers, but I can say I did enjoy it immensely. I think my biggest hangup with Queenie switching to Grindelwald's side just because he could offer her marriage to a no-maj was the fact that some of the regulations were a bit unclear. My main thought was "if the MACUSA won't let you marry in America, why can't you move somewhere that will allow you to do so?" Now, I definitely understand the idea of moving somewhere else entirely just to marry someone seems ridiculous, especially when your own family is somewhere else (with Tina being in the States), but at the same time she's a member of the Wizarding community! The Floo Network existed, so she could have easily gone to visit Tina (and Newt because it's no spoiler they end up together; that was established in either the HP novels themselves or in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them (the novel), I just don't remember which) via Floo Powder. 

     

    So, again, I raise my point of if the two of them want to marry so badly, why couldn't they have considered the idea of relocating to the UK where it's not illegal to marry a Muggle? Newt himself calls the Anti-Muggle laws 'backwards laws', and we have half-bloods and muggleborns witches and wizards that exist, so it stands to reason that it's not quite as frowned upon over there. 

     

    That also brings up the question of what happened with the Muggleborn children in America? Surely there were some Muggle families where a magical child was born; after all, I think this is partially where we get Obscurials from. Were all of them forced to suppress their magic? Like...I don't understand why Queenie had to join Grindelwald just to be able to marry Jacob when she knew that joining him would surely cause a serious strain on their relationship, and I really don't understand why Americans were quite so Anti-Muggle; they can't even quote the Salem Witch Trials as the reason because the witch trials were a worldwide problem. Yes, it's important to keep the knowledge of the Wizarding Community a secret, but that doesn't mean some No-Majs/Muggles couldn't have been trusted.

     

    I think the Anti-Muggle Association laws were what stressed me out the most lol.

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