Fantastic Beasts 3 reviews are here, find out what critics are saying about Newt Scamander’s latest adventure


The Wizarding World saga continues! Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets — the third installment of the Harry Potter prequel series – is set to premiere in theaters on April 15. The film stars Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone and Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald. Critics had a chance to screen the latest film in the franchise, and their reviews are here.

Set several years after the events of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Fantastic Beasts 3 will show Albus Dumbledore the task Newt Scamander with a mission which will lead him and his allies deep into the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald’s army. So what did critics think of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets? Does our grand wizard questions be answered? Let’s take a look, starting with CinemaBlend’s review. Our own Mike Reyes gives the film 3.5 stars out of 5, calling it “the best prequel yet” and saying it may be the one that puts the wizarding world back on track:

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore goes a long way to righting the ship when it comes to the mixed bag of Wizarding World history. Addressing many of the flaws that presented themselves in the first film, as well as its sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, the script for the new film written by JK Rowling and newly returned co-screenwriter Steve Kloves returns in the direction of fantasy and of the danger that the Harry Potter films orchestrated. It couldn’t have happened a moment too soon. While it doesn’t fully correct the mistakes of The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Secrets of Dumbledore brings the feelings of magic, adventure, and fun back to the Fantastic Beasts series.

Siddhant Adlakha of IGNhowever, on the contrary, the note Dumbledore’s secrets a “poor” 4 out of 10 and calling the third movie a non-fantasy Potter prequel with uninspiring secrets. Although two other fantastic beast movies are planned, this review argues that the series should happily end here:

While Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore finally makes Dumbledore canonically gay, it does little else of note, remaining scattered over half a dozen inconsequential subplots for most of its runtime. It looks lackluster and feels like it was created by people who want to abandon its magical premise, even if the show refuses to have anything resembling politics or adult perspectives.

Lovia Gyarkye from THR sits somewhere in the middle, saying that while this movie is more focused and whimsical than its predecessors, it’s still underwhelming. The behind-the-scenes drama involving Ezra Miller, as well as JK Rowling‘s opinions, make it hard for this reviewer to remain enamored with the series:

Compared to the previous two movies, Secrets of Dumbledore feels more like a Harry Potter movie than a Fantastic Beasts movie. While a few magical creatures make appearances – one is even central to Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s plans – they are by no means the anchor. This episode revolves around Dumbledore, a more interesting character than the show’s supposed hero, Newt. This change focuses the film’s narrative, but it doesn’t do much for those of us trying to figure out the show’s purpose.

Critics may disagree, but we know fans of the franchise are excited to check out the latest film, and the wait is almost over. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets will arrive in theaters on Friday, April 15. Be sure to check out our 2022 Movie Release Schedule to see what other movies are coming soon.

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