Even for the Harry Potter hardcore, Crimes of Grindelwald is one convoluted movie

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Warning: spoilers ahead for the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Even in their earliest, most child-friendly days, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books were never particularly simplistic. From the beginning, they introduced a crowded cast and a busy, messy world. And while her characters often fell into basic stereotypes or seemed more like story pegs and protagonist accessories than like people, there were certainly a lot of them. It was an early hint that as she kept expanding the world, she was going to go deep into its history and explore how the connections between people in the past affected the series’s present and future.

The latest film set in Rowling’s Potterverse — Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,…

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