11 November 2018 at 13:13 GMT
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is less than a week away and reviews are starting to flood in. Sadly, reviews so far are generally mixed, and the critical consensus seems to indicate the film doesn’t live up to the first ‘Beasts’ entry.
The film currently holds a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to its predecessor (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016) which has a certified “fresh” rating of 74%. Critics are praising the film’s magic and charm, but criticising the overall story and medley of characters.
Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times says, “the movie is too busy bouncing all over the place, stuffing subplot after subplot into the mix”, while Michael O’Sullivan of the Washington Post praised the story and noted the film has, “one of the biggest third-act reveals in the whole Harry Potter series.” (Editor’s note: beware spoilers if clicking the review links.)
Of course, these are the views of film critics and not necessarily the general ‘Potter’ population, many of whom are praising the film on social media. We’ll need to wait a week to see how the ‘Potter’ faithful feel about the film.
If you’ve seen the film, what did you think?
7 November 2018 at 10:42 GMT
The new figures will be released in December. Click each image for pre-order links or learn more over at our Harry Potter Funko mini-site.
7 November 2018 at 06:08 GMT
According to Funko, the Zouwu is “capable of traveling a thousand miles in a single day but also resembles an elephant-sized cat”. Nagini is of course Lord Voldemort’s infamous snake-Horcrux.
Both Pop! Vinyl figures will be available in December. Click the links above to check them out over at our Pop! Vinyls mini-site.
3 November 2018 at 21:33 GMT
Funko have announced the release of a new “movie moments” Pop! figure of Harry Potter entering Platform 9¾ through the magical brick wall. The Pop! “moment” includes Harry and trunk, along with Hedwig.
The Pop! figure is exclusive to BoxLunch and available both online and in stores from 4 November.
A new collection of Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl figures are likely to drop this month too. You can learn more about them over at our Funko Pop! Vinyl mini-site.
29 October 2018 at 11:24 GMT
LEGO will release a new Diagon Alley set (the third LEGO iteration of the Wizarding street), with images of the set and its packaging discovered online today. The 374-piece set will be a “microscale” (smaller scale with smaller figures) companion set to the 6020-piece Hogwarts Castle build.
This version of Diagon Alley includes Gringotts Wizarding Bank, bookstore Flourish & Blotts and the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes joke shop. The set will also include a new minifigure of wandmaker Ollivander. No word yet on the release date for this set, but November seems likely.
Will we see more Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts sets released next month, too? Learn more about the world of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts LEGO sets in our dedicated LEGO section.
27 October 2018 at 18:32 GMT
Courtesy of Warner Bros., another Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald poster: