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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ screenplay available from today

J.K. Rowling’s original Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay is available in book form from today.

The second in the Fantastic Beasts series, the screenplay sees Newt Scamander off to Paris in pursuit of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

The new screenplay is the perfect companion piece to the first Fantastic Beasts screenplay, which was released in 2016.

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ receiving mixed reviews, critical consensus (no spoilers)

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is receiving mixed reviews

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?

Funko to release new collection of ‘Harry Potter’ Pop! Vinyl figures, pre-order now

It’s a big day for Funko fans! The Pop! Vinyl giant has announced a new series of Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl figures, along with the Fantastic Beasts additions announced earlier today.

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.

Funko to release new ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ Zouwu, Nagini Pop! Vinyl figures in December

Funko today announced two new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Pop! Vinyl figures.

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.

Funko to release new ‘Movie Moments’ Pop! of Harry Potter entering Platform 9¾

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.

LEGO to release new Harry Potter themed Diagon Alley set (40289), companion to giant Hogwarts Castle

40289 Diagon Alley

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.

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