What’s on TV Saturday: ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ and ‘Clique’


FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD (2018) 8 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. We’ve come a long way since J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” hit the big screen. That movie spawned seven sequels and a spinoff franchise that began with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in 2016. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second in that series and the prequel to the Potter films. Our resident “magizoologist,” Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), sets out to stop the menacing wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp in true Depp form) from disrupting the peace between magical and nonmagical beings and sparking a movement of pure-blood wizard domination. (The metaphors are hard to miss.) While the film upholds Rowling’s limitless creativity — the scenes are rich with detail and stunning visuals — she packs it with so many characters and subplots that you may be left searching for a single thread to hold onto.



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