The Oberlin Review

“Crimes of Grindelwald” Falls Short of Predecessor

Kabir Karamchandani

November 30, 2018

There are few franchises with a stronger fan base than J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World — particularly among our generation of 20-somethings who grew up dreaming of centaurs, phoenixes, dragons, and hippogriffs. This is why the lackluster Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald came as such a disappointment. From the get-go, The Crimes of Grindelwald is a darker movie than its predecessor. The focus is no longer on colorful creatures — instead, the opening is a gruesome scene of a captive Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp, chained and allegedly voiceless. He predictably doesn’t remain quiet for long, and much of the film follows his deadly exploits. Low-lit shots and stark colors ...

Jam City Invites Fans to Hogwarts Via Mobile Game

Lucy Martin, This Week Editor

May 4, 2018

Congratulations! You have finally been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry — at the tender age of 21. Ever since Pokemon Go came out two years ago, fans of Harry Potter have clamoured for an interactive mobile game of their own. There were a multitude of fan-made trailers anticipating gameplay, incorporating elements such as catching fantastic beasts or collecting chocolate frog cards from the equivalent of Pokestops. However, the gameplay construction of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is more akin to The Sims mobile app that came out earlier this year than to Pokemon Go. Much like The Sims, you design and control your avatar and use limited energy to complete events. Each event holds the potent...

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