the first reviews of the Harry Potter spin-off have fallen

The first reviews of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets are there… and they aren’t that bad after all.

Third installment of the franchise derived from Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets will arrive in French theaters on April 13, but by then, the first English-speaking reviews have fallen, enough to form an opinion of the sauce in which the magic monsters will devour the spectators.

Between the transphobic remarks of JK Rowling, the scandal of the dismissal of Johnny Depp by the studio, the absence of Katherine Waterston from the promotion of the film, the recent arrest of Ezra Miller for violence and harassment, the reception more than lukewarm of the previous part, and the countless postponements instigated by Warner, the context of the release of this third film is delicate to say the least. However, Dan Fogler’s promises seem to have been kept, since the first English reviews are not all as bad as one might have thought. Newspaper.

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“The third installment of the Harry Potter prequel directed by David Yates is certainly overloaded with characters and subplots, yet it manages to make up for the missteps of the two previous films. There is thus a renewed emphasis on magical creatures, as well as a much more political side to the narrative while the story dives more into darker themes (while retaining its wacky side). Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, lavishes a level of villainy that has nothing to envy to that of Voldemort. The character is altogether much more dangerous [que la version du personnage interprétée par Johnny Depp, ndlr] and the way he uses his charisma to manipulate crowds underlies his ruthlessness.” USA Today

“You can’t really say that Dumbledore’s Secrets manages to cast the same spell as Harry Potter. However, armed with a solid sense of action and genuine emotional moments, the film manages to bring back, the darkest of the wizarding world, a little light. Empire

Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets: photo, Callum Turner, Eddie Redmayne“Well, these reviews aren’t that bad, what do you think?”

“Despite the undeniable credentials of Yates and co-writer Steve Kloves, however, the Fantastic Beasts franchise still seems unable to decide who its hero is. Dumbledore will be the main story.” GamesRadar+

“Even at its weakest point, the Potterverse – with its magic, its tribulations and its unrivaled ability to craft high-flying fantasy worlds – still retains its electrifying power.” TimeOut

Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets: photo, Jude Law“You will not pass !”

“The most amazing thing about Dumbledore’s Secrets is how connected each of its ideas, even the most superficial, seem to be. There are countless globe-trotting characters, worlds within worlds, as well as a myriad of historical, political, and mythological references. However, everything is running out of steam, the fault of ill-defined issues, and never brought to fruition.” A.V. Club

“Although the secondary narratives either fall flat or lead nowhere (or both), The Secrets of Dumbledore has sequences of adventure and political intrigue that, at times, make this new Yates foray a fantastic spy thriller.” The Wrap

Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets: PhotoThere are at least a few small animals

“The long-awaited third installment in the Wizarding World sub-franchise is a little less cluttered than its two predecessors, but even a more polished script can’t save a film over two hours from its endurance test.” The Hollywood Reporter

“An obvious attempt to salvage the ship ultimately turned into a calamitous drift, as an unidentified property circles desperately in search of a viable course.” polygon

“Dumbledore’s Secrets has as many positives as negatives, making for an entertaining, but ultimately unsatisfying viewing experience. There is, however, a certain magic to be found there, and perhaps in the end everything that matters.” ScreenRant

Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets: photo, Jude Law, Eddie RedmayneSo who is the main character then?

Very mixed with an average of 47/100 on Metacritic, the critics actually agree that yes, this third film is still better than the previous one (but was it really that difficult?). However, there is above all a consensus on the inequality of the scenario which, certainly, would join more the magic characteristic of the print Harry Potterbut would get lost in too many subplots and characters without fully developing them.

And it looks like the real problem with this franchise, again, is its hero. Since Dumbledore’s introduction with The Crimes of Grindlewald, It seems like Fantastic Beasts struggle to decide whether Newt or Dumbledore will be the final protagonist. Maybe it’s time for JK Rowling to mourn Hogwarts once and for all, and to focus only on the famous magical creatures that the title of the saga promises. Or at least decide what story to tell.