The Guardian called the film a decent watch and wrote, "This Fantastic Beasts film is as watchable and entertaining as expected and it's an attractive Christmas event, but some of the wonder, novelty and sheer narrative rush of the first film has been mislaid in favour of a more diffuse plot focus, spread out among a bigger ensemble cast".
The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel has thus far counted 25 reviews - 14 "fresh", 11 "rotten" - giving the second entry in the Harry Potter prequel-slash-spinoff franchise an average 6.5 out of 10 rating.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will hit theaters next Friday, but you can get a taste of the (Hollywood) magic a week early.
However, Potter-mad fans have pointed out that the new movie is set in 1927 and the fictional head of Gryffindor House wasn't even born then. You'll recall that Grindelwald in disguise as Colin Farrell (#MyOneTrueGrindelwald) gave Credence a Deathly Hallows necklace in the first Fantastic Beasts.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling pens the planned five-film saga, to be directed by franchise veteran David Yates. Check it out below.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald will be released in Australia next Thursday, November 16, 2018. It also stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, and Kevin Guthrie.
It picks up where the first film left off, with the character of Newt Scamander meeting wizards and magical creatures in NY.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.