I’m a proud subscriber of Entertainment Weekly and every once in a while there’s an issue arrives that blows. My. Mind! Well, this was one of those particular issues and because it was so great I had to share my experience reading it with you all. Enjoy!
When I got the issue I was already excited. It’s a beautiful cover in its simplicity. Eddie Redmayne graces the front as Fantastic Beasts hero, Newt Scamander, and just behind him lingers Jude Law as a young Dumbledore. What’s cooler than that? It didn’t take very long for me to begin reading this with gleeful excitement.
And the Journey Begins
Turning the page and finding this brilliant photo to welcome me was a sign that this was going to be one of the greatest Entertainment Weekly reads I’ve ever had. The words weaving out of Newt’s wand is a downright stroke of genius and the title Beastie Boy is perfect. This article truly got me at hello.
As soon as I turned the next page and read the first sentence I was riveted. The pictures, one of which you see here featuring Dumbledore, were exciting to look at and it was even more fun reading about the highly-anticipated Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
What I garnered the most from the Fantastic Beasts section was how much darker tone this next film would be which excited me greatly. Between Grindelwald’s mission to enslave Muggles, the test of the relationships between many of the characters (specifically Dumbledore and Grindelwald,) or the sheer direness of the unspoken situations in the movie this looks like a sequel worth watching.
This quote from Dan Fogler (he stars as No-Maj Jacob) says it all: “It reminds me a lot of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. The first movie is so positive. It’s sweet and lovely. But this time everybody is really put under the fire. People are gonna see this, like a hundred times just to get everything. They’re going to be going nuts that they have to wait for the next one. And Jude Law, oh god, he’s perfect.”
Sounds fantastic to me!
One of the most incredible things in this massive Harry Potter behind-the-scenes section was this crude sketch drawn by J.K Rowling herself of Hogwarts and the surrounding area. What made it fascinating is the exactness of the world she created displayed in this map. She knew exactly what her world looked like, where everything was situated, she even knew where the roads led.
As a writer, it’s truly inspiring seeing how clear Rowling’s vision of this world that she had created was. And that’s why we, as readers, can envision just as well. Absolutely incredible!
When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone first came out it was 2001. That was a young time in terms of the technology needed to bring something as complex as a Quidditch match to life. To hear the struggles it took to bring such an incredible fictional sport to the big screen is impressive.
This article stood out to me because it was so funny as Jason Isaac told Entertainment Weekly about his first day acting across from Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore.) His nervousness to be on set with such a legendary actor permeated the scene in a hilarious fashion. This is a tease of the article.
Jason Isaacs: “My very first shot was the last scene of the film, and all I had to do was stand in front of Dumbledore and have him say, ‘That’ll be all, Lucius.’ I stood up there and they roll five cameras and…they say ‘Action’, and I look at Richard and he looks at me and no one says anything. And I stand there and try and look like I had been caught, and he narrows his eyes and I think, ‘Poor f—er, he’s forgotten his line.'”
The rest, which I will keep reserved, is even more hilarious, especially if you know that scene very well. Great article!
I love seeing which scenes the actors or filmmakers loved filming the most so this section was another fascinating read.
When I saw the beautiful character posters for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald I noticed how gorgeous some of the wands were, (especially Dumbledore and Leta Lestrange’s wands.) So when I saw this display of wands my mind was blown in excitement.
These four wands on the second page are the ones that I find the most beautiful. Dumbledore’s absolutely fascinating wand on the far left, the infamous Elder Wand owned by Grindelwald during this time period, Tina Goldstein’s unimpressive yet awesome wand, and Leta Lestrange’s feminine but powerful looking wand.
There’s something almost magical just in the way that the wands have been crafted for this film.
As you can tell this Entertainment Weekly issue was an absolute blast to read. And let me assure you, there is SO much more content to fawn over. This will undoubtedly go down as one of my favorite issues that I’ve ever had of Entertainment Weekly.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.