Meet The 5 Most Exciting Characters From 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald'

Meet The 5 Most Exciting Characters From 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald'

The pre-HP we needed.

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A young Albus Dumbledore, Nagini as a human, and a new old Lestrange, J.K. Rowling has done it again.

I know we all cried when we finished reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" and then again when we watched "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." But I'm here to tell you the wizarding world is back with a new installment in the Fantastic Beasts series that picks up right where "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" left off. The movie is filled with action, nostalgia, and plot twists. The best part - you know there will be another one after this.

Here are 5 things to know about "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald."

1. A Young Dumbledore

In "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" the year is around 1930 where Albus Dumbledore is a young Hogwarts Professor teaching defense against the dark arts. There's even a scene with a Boggart, reminding us of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", nostalgic AF.

2. Nagini, is that you?

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So apparently Nagini isn't just a snake. She was actually a young girl cursed to turn into a snake at will, but as you all know eventually, she stayed a snake and at Voldemort's side.

3. Who is Credence?

Don't worry, someone finally fixed his hair in this installment. Credence has run away and everyone is looking for him in this movie but he's just trying to find himself. Credence spends the whole time searching for his true family to find some heritage and love. He somewhat finds out who he is and he is just as shook as I am, you'll see.

4. This guy is back

Newt's trusty/untrustworthy friend the jewelry niffler is back and ready for action. This little guy follows Newt around and is always there and cute when he needs him most.

5. Leta Lestrange

Actually, the nicest Lestrange I've ever met, but this was way before Bellatrix's time. Leta Lestrange works for the Ministry of Magic and is engaged to Newt's older brother, Theseus, even though Newt and Leta were friends in their time together at Hogwarts. As all the Lestrange's do, Leta has some demons of her own and was of course in Slytherin house.

Go see "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald" is in theaters November 16th, you won't be disappointed.

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10 Great Disney Movies That Also Teach Important Life Lessons

The best way to teach a life lesson is through song and some awesome animation.
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While children's movies are silly, fun and enjoyable overall, they also usually teach life lessons as well. No one does this better than Disney. Hidden within the catchy songs and great animation are important lessons about friendship, love and going for what you believe is right. Here are 10 great Disney movies that have taught so many people important lessons.

1. "Lilo and Stitch"

Lilo and Stitch is an overall fun movie about an alien experiment that become the pet of a human girl and the develop a lasting friendship. The life lesson this movie teaches is that someone does not need to be related to you by blood in order to be family. Also, that just because someone is different, that does not mean that they should not be treated fairly. Lilo was able to see past Stitch's weird looks and behavior and loved him just like she would love any pet. Eventually her sister learned to love Stitch as well and accepted him as part of the family.

2. "Mulan"

Mulan is one of my favorite Disney movies because of the lesson it teaches, to be yourself and to do what you believe is right, even if other people disagree with you. This movie is a classic honor story where Mulan goes to fight in the war in the place of her father to prove herself, even though she knows if she is discovered it will bring dishonor to her family. I think this movie is so important for kids because is shows that you can do what ever you want regardless of your gender. This movie also emphasizes the strength of girl power and that having a pretty face is not everything.

3. "The Lion King"

Another Disney classic, the Lion King follows the story of Simba as he grows and becomes the eventual leader of his pack after a heated battle with his uncle. This movie teaches kids about loss, regret and not being afraid to face your fears. The central conflict of this story is when Mufasa dies trying to save Simba and Simba blames himself for his father's death and leaves his pack because he is afraid to face everyone. When his evil uncle Scar takes control he knows he has to go back and faces his fear of rejection and blame to help his family.

4. "Frozen"

Frozen was an instant phenomenon with catchy tunes and the power of sisterly love. This story teaches kids that there is nothing wrong with independence and sometimes all the support you ever need is support from your family. This story also teaches kids that it is not good to suppress your emotions because eventually all that pent up energy will come out in a bad way.

5. "Beauty and the Beast"

Another classic, this movie follows the story of an avid reader who ends up having to serve who the town call a monster but Belle sees through his thick skin to his kind heart. This movies teaches us that you cannot judge a book by its cover and that it is who someone is inside that counts. Also that reading is awesome and having knowledge is power.

6. "The Princess and the Frog"

This is another girl power story where a middle class girl wants to open her own restaurant because that was always her father's dream and no matter what she is willing to do what she needs to in order to succeed. This movie teaches the importance of hard work and determination and teaches children that they can do what ever they put their minds, even if all the odds are against them.

7. "Tangled"

"Tangled" is a fun loving movie about an eccentric girl who decides to venture out of the tower she has been trapped in her whole life and goes on the adventure of a lifetime.This movies shows us that sometimes the people who are supposed to care for us or claim to care for us do not actually have our best interest in mind and that it is okay to go outside of your comfort zone.

8. "Brave"

"Brave" follows Merida, a feisty girl who does not like to take orders but this gets her into some trouble with her mom and their relationship is put to the test. This movie teaches children that while sometimes you might fight with your mom, family is very important and having the ability to listen to each other is all it takes. Also, this movie teaches children that there is nothing wrong with not conforming to gendered beliefs and activities and that there is nothing wrong with being independent.

9. "Cinderella"

This is a classic just deserts movie where the good, taken-advantaged-of person gets the guy and the evil people get nothing. This story teaches us that treating people meanly gets you no where in life and that if you do what is right, even when the odds are against you, then you will be rewarded.

10. "Mary Poppins"

Last but certainly not least, "Mary Poppins" the story of an out of this world nanny who is both strict but also magical. Poppins teaches us that we should always strive for perfection and that you can both work and have fun at the same time and having an imagination is not a bad thing either. She also teaches the hard lesson of being able to say goodbye and move on to the next opportunity when the time comes.


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Studio Ghibli Is Better Than Disney, And It Is Everything My Childhood Was Missing

Disney's still good, though.

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Upon beginning my college career, I made several new friends who all had a passion for one thing: "Spirited Away."

Apparently, I am one of the select few who missed out on watching "Spirited Away" as a kid. Somehow, between my devotion to "Spongebob Squarepants" and "Courage the Cowardly Dog," I managed to miss the several screenings of this famous Studio Ghibli film on Cartoon Network. And apparently, that was a grievous mistake.

This mistake was remedied almost immediately during my first year, as one of my friends found the film as quickly as possible and played it on the big flat-screen in our residence hall's lounge.

After my first viewing, I agreed with her. I really, really missed out as a kid.

And Studio Ghibli is better than Disney.

"Spirited Away" is an animated movie with such serious and heartfelt underlying themes, you simply cannot dismiss it as a mere cartoon. The art style—a beloved aspect of Studio Ghibli's films—is gorgeous, and the characters are beyond lovable. One of them, No-Face, is probably familiar—if nothing else, I've seen people dressed up as this character in viral videos and on Halloween. Anyway, "Spirited Away" caught my interest, and I decided that I'd delve even deeper into the film company's works.

It took a while, but eventually, my friends and I procured copies of "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Princess Mononoke," and my Studio Ghibli journey continued. I remembered having seen images and characters from "My Neighbor Totoro" since middle school, but the movie was anything but what I expected.

That's one thing that makes Studio Ghibli so great: they take incredibly serious issues and emotions and make them accessible to young viewers. Arguably, Disney has begun to do the same thing with movies like "Inside Out" and "WALL-E" (both fantastic films), but every single one of the Studio Ghibli movies I've watched so far has had some incredible, hard-hitting message. I wish I'd grown up with the message sent by Princess Mononoke regarding industrialization and its effect on and relationship with nature.

Instead, I grew up watching Snow White get kissed out of a poison-induced coma by some guy who gets to do that stuff cause he's a prince. The damsel saved by a somewhat creepy male authority figure once again. Hooray.

Don't get me wrong—I watch Disney movies all the time. Every time a new one comes out, I do my best to go see it in the theater (toting along my little siblings so it seems like an act of kindness instead of a weird obsession with children's movies, of course). My argument here is not that Disney is bad, but that Studio Ghibli is just that good. Truly iconic.

Honestly, I'm writing this after a weekend of Studio Ghibli binge-watching, which is probably biasing me in favor of the film company's work, but it really is amazing. Over the weekend, I rewatched "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke," and then viewed "Howl's Moving Castle" (a real gem) and "When Marnie Was There" (a very strange yet satisfying movie) for the first time. I have come to the conclusion now that Studio Ghibli is incapable of disappointing me.

When I have children of my own, they will most certainly grow up on a mix of Studio Ghibli and Disney so they really get that well-rounded childhood I deserved and did not receive.

Spread the word. Save a life.

Studio Ghibli films are a must-watch.

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