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Premiere the magic and nostalgia of “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”

“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”, the third film of this prequel franchise that premieres tomorrow in theaters in Puerto Rico, focuses more on generating nostalgia for the magic of the Harry Potter films than on giving it a creative spark that hold the entertainment of your plot. Although the Warner Brothers production is far from a disaster, this turns out to be its biggest problem. In several key sections, the film registers more as a generic corporate exercise than an essential chapter in the mythology of the universe created by JK Rowling.

His other problem is that the parts of the film that are memorable do not have the participation of the main characters. In this film, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) becomes the strategic figure in Dumbledore’s (Jude Law) plan to stop Grindelwald’s rise to power, played this time by Mads Mikkelsen, who replaces Johnny Depp.

However, the magical moments of the film belong to the secondary roles. The script doesn’t really justify having the presence of Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), the human who became Newt’s best friend in the previous two films, but he remains at the heart of this story. Whether Jacob is on screen, hindering the wizards’ plans or trying to rescue Queenie (Alison Sudol), the film exudes an infectious and snappy comedic energy that doesn’t stop him from being the character in these films with the most dramatic depth.

Likewise, as Newt is tied into elaborate rescue sequences, the moments of magic belong to Eulali Hicks, Hogwarts’ Defensive Magic teacher. The character not only stands out for having the best action moments. Jessica Walter’s portrayal hints directly and indirectly that this character has a more interesting life than she does when she’s not busy helping Dumbledore save the world.

As for the mentor of Harry Potter, in addition to appearing in the title of the film, here he has a key participation that leads to the climactic moment of the plot. However, the most interesting part of this young Dumbledore’s story is not dramatized on screen. The production alludes directly to the romantic relationship that existed between Dumbledore and Grindlewald, but sins by only dedicating a scene to it. It would have been much more interesting to see how exactly that impossible romance unfolded. Law and Mikkelsen add an effective melancholy touch to this, but it’s not enough to give it the emotional resonance that the film’s final moments are seeking.

It is strange that this film is directed by David Yates, who was in charge of the first two Fantastic Beast films and who also brought the Harry Potter saga to an end. Although the production value of everything seen on screen is the same as the previous films, the inconsistency of tone and the way the central conflict is diluted puts this film a long way from the magic of those offerings.

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