This article has been sitting on my mind for quite some time and I am finally settling down to write it. I have mixed feelings about this whole Crimes of Grindelwald situation, and I wanted to share them.
I case you don’t know I am a huge fan of all things Harry Potter, from the books to the movies to the whole fandom on tumblr which has been a source of magic and enjoyment for me since I joined the site in 2012.
Oh my god I’ve been wasting my life on tumblr for six years now. I even went to see the exhibition when they were in Paris, and I loved it. I knitted my own Hufflepuff’s scarf for god’s sake. And I’m still playing Hogwarts Mystery almost every day, so I guess that sets the picture.
When Fantastic Beasts was released back in 2016, I went to see it with some friends and I absolutely LOVED it. I love this magical universe, and I’m also a huge fan of Eddie Redmayne and Ezra Miller, which simply makes me want to watch more. I also adore the character of Queenie. And when they announced that Zoe Krawitz would join the second movie as Leta Lestrange, I was even curiouser.
So what’s holding me back?
It all started when Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald. I honestly never understood the hype surrounding him, but now that I in addition know what a horrible person he is, I just don’t have it in me to even try and support him. I can’t believe the franchise made such a choice
(and I also never pictured Grindelwald looking like this so it’s super annoying).
While I am on the topic of Grindelwald… I mean, it had become pretty clear to all of us at some point that he had a relationship with Dumbledore, so when Rowling announced that Dumbledore was gay, but would not be pictured as such in the movie (that’s pretty much what happened) I was in disbelief. I just can’t deal with this, it’s just ridiculous. And disappointing.
The other thing that completely disturbs me is the whole “I have been sitting on this for 20 years” revelation about Nagini actually being a woman. This is so messy, and I hate it. Nagini was an evil snake and horcruxe killed by Neville during the Battle of Hogwarts, why go make it a tortured Asian woman with a blood curse (while mixing up ethnicities). I just can’t even. It makes me feel bad about many different things, and kind of uncomfortable. This is disturbing, and I totally agree with the backlash that it got on social media. This is just bad representation. (Also if I remember correctly I remember Rowling telling that Nagini was a Thai word… And then make the character Korean??? This makes absolutely zero sense and I refuse to picture Nagini as a cursed Asian woman.)
Then I watched Jesse The Reader’s video about the premiere of the movie and it got me really excited about it. I still love the Wizarding World with all my heart and I remembered that they filmed in France which is something I definitely want to see. And yes I love the original cast from the first movie. And I loved th creatures. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure, but I think I’m going to watch it anyway, and I hope I still enjoy it…
Don’t judge me okay?
I will probably see it eventually, because I’m still curious about the story, and would love to see more of Newt Scamander and his friends. I reread my thoughts on the first movie and honestly I just really loved it when I saw it, so I think I should give this one a chance… I will still be able to judge it after I see it! I know it is bound to have problematic aspects, but I can still see that and enjoy the movie… Who knows, maybe I won’t even be disappointed.