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Happy Monday!

Harry Potter’s extended world just got a little more fantastic.

The new trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ that premiered this Saturday at Comic-Con showcases increased magical wonder and imagination from its cinematic predecessor. Surpassing the original film in a series is difficult to pull off successfully for a variety of reasons.

It has been done. Yes. However, it’s tricky.

Fitting that ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ features wizards who deal with spells, potions and…you know.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 


Will the Second Be the Best?

The primary questions involving movie sequels to popular, well-received originals are:

Will they be fantastic? Will the sequel be a storytelling, cinematic beast in its own right? How about a little of both?

The 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film adaptation of the book of the same title is the grown-up version of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (books and movies). This new teaser trailer solidifies that dynamic while using the wizarding school of Hogwarts and one of its most prominent figures just enough to firmly connect the two virtually separate universes for fans young and old for what should be a great reveal later this year.

What’s impressive in the video above is that one of writer J.K. Rowling’s favorite directors, David Yates, appears to have taken the Crimes of Grindelwald story to the next-level. And what’s more is that this Fantastic Beasts sequel looks, yes, better than the original in this burgeoning series. Could this really happen? A movie in the modern era with a sequel better than the original?

That could be the real magic of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald when it arrives in theaters on November 16.

The Wizarding World of Rap

Magical Rhymes: Third Floor, Hogwarts.

When Harry Potter, Hermione and Ron weren’t casting spells and saving Hogwarts from a myriad of evil spirits and forces, they were students in the world’s most exclusive school for wizards and magic. And as pupils, they learned a variety of skills that guided them through the best and worst of times. Unfortunately, one of these pivotal class sessions never saw the light of day in any of the eight Harry Potter major motion pictures.

Fortunately, Jimmy Fallon has a way of getting actors to admit secret skills on The Tonight Show that results in pure awesomeness. It’s just the ABC’s…

— Gryffindor Boys’ Dormitory, Def Magic Jams, After Hours —

Happy Monday!

Monday’s can feel like a bit of a haze after a fun weekend. There are doses of creative hopefulness mixed with reality. Or, in other words, it’s when the real world collides with a fantasy world.

Courtesy of Vince Vaughan, Owen Wilson and The Internship (and Google’s awesome playing field), let’s approach today on an imaginative high:

Happy Monday!