The moral message of the new Harry Potter film

Big budget: The new Fantastic Beasts film cost over £150 million to make.

Can it teach us about the world? Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the latest film from the Harry Potter universe. Some say it has secret messages about our real-life world too.

What’s happening

The second film in the Fantastic Beasts series has been released. The hero, Newt Scamander, returns, and he is joined again by a colourful cast of magical creatures.

This time he faces a dangerous enemy called Gellert Grindelwald. Some people think the story of their battle also has a deeper meaning.

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In the film, Grindelwald is a dangerous political leader. He wants to divide the world into different groups, making “pure-blood” wizards rule over non-magical muggles.

Some viewers have claimed the villain is based on President Donald Trump (Grindelwald has a bright blonde hairstyle too). The film’s actors have not confirmed or denied if this is true.

One message that is clear is the film’s celebration of nature. Animal-lover Newt keeps all of his creatures in a magical suitcase that has lots of room and no cages.

“His only agenda is to teach the value of these creatures to the rest of the magical world,” says actor Eddie Redmayne.

Does the film teach us about real life?

Some say…

Of course, some say. By showing Newt fighting against the evil Grindelwald, the film teaches us to fight against injustice too. Furthermore, the love he shows for the animals he encounters makes us want to be kind to nature too.

Others think…

No, some argue. It is a work of fantasy. Films are great because they allow you to escape from the real world. Rather than studying Fantastic Beasts for secret messages, we should just enjoy the ride.

You Decide

  1. Should movies educate, as well as entertain?

Activities

  1. What is your favourite story? It could be from a book, nursery rhyme, film or TV show. Why do you like this story? Do you think it contains any messages about the real world? If so, write them down and share your thoughts with the class.

Some People Say...

“All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.”

Max Beerbohm

What do you think?

Word Watch

Political
Relating to the laws that governments make and how countries are run.
Pure-blood
In the Harry Potter world, somebody whose family is exclusively made up of wizards.
Villain
An evil character.
Agenda
The aims or intentions of a particular person.
Injustice
Something that is extremely unfair.

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