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‘Fantastic Beasts’ plunges deeper into pre-Harry Potter world

More workmanlike than magical, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” nevertheless feels like an upgrade from its predecessor, one that adds star power, introduces key characters and lays the foundation for a genuine “Wizarding World” franchise. To call J.K. Rowling’s mythology-heavy plot dense would be an understatement, but the film has enough epic heft to feel like a genuine blockbuster.

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