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"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" teases a new connection between Voldemort and Grindelwald who will have fans of Harry Potter fans contemplating during the coming months, or until the film's release on November 16.
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Cineplex is magical again.

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald" enters theaters this weekend, bringing another chapter of J.K. Rowling's "Magic World" goes on screen, now with Dumbledore 100% more (played by Jude Law as a younger version of the headmaster of Hogwarts).

And while the new film may not be as fantastic as the first, it is the perfect reason to revisit the original "Harry Potter" film. Here are five "witch" films to watch before you see "Crimes of Grindelwald," or if you just want to spend time with Harry, Ron, and Hermione again.

If you can't remember who Grindelwald is: & # 39; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows & # 39; Parts 1 and 2

Daniel Radcliffe is featured in a scene from & # 39; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. & # 39; (Photo: Warner Bros.)

The villain from "Crimes of Grindelwald" is, you guessed, a man named Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). If you have seen the first "Fantastic Beasts" movie, you are introduced to its character and devious ways, but if you want a full background on him and how he is defeated (the movie "Fantastic Beasts" is prequels, after all), watch or watch back in the last two "Potter" films. In these films we learn about the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald as a teenager.

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If you don't know how this is connected to Harry Potter at all: & # 39; Fantastic Animals and Where to Find Them & # 39;

Newt (Eddie Redmayne) and Tina (Katherine Waterston) are fugitives on a mission at & # 39; Fantastic Animals and Their Finding Places. & # 39; (Photo: Jaap Buitendijk)

Even the most loyal "Potter" fans might find it difficult to get into a new movie without watching the original "Fantastic Animals and Know-Your-Places". The 2016 film introduced us to Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), his ally and the World Magic Era of the 1920s, where Grindelwald's threat seemed great.

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If you want to feel old: & # 39; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer & # 39; s Stone & # 39;

Hedwig, owl, and Daniel Radcliffe in a scene from the film "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer 's Stone." (Photo: PETER MOUNTAIN, BROS WARNER.)

When the first "Potter" film hit the cinema, George W. Bush was president, there was no smartphone and Redmayne was only 19 years old. It's been 17 years since Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are suitable for wearing Hogwarts robes for the first time, and reviewing the "Philosopher's Stone" will make you both nostalgic for the "Potter" early years and grateful that the CGI has been so much better. since the film was used to create centaurs that looked terrible.

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If you want the best from the best: & # 39; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix & # 39;

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, left) led fellow students at the Dumbledore & Army meeting, a student-run resistance organization, in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." (Photo: Murray Close, Warner Bros.)

Don't take offense at the "Prisoner of Azkaban," worshipers, but the best "Potter" films are all based on the worst book: "Order of the Phoenix." None of Rowling's books really can be called "bad", but compared to the other six novels, "Phoenix" is a bit too thick and more tiring. But with the zippy adaptation that released all the weaknesses of the book, director David Yates (who directed "Potter" films and the second "Fantastic Beast") turned the black sheep from the "Potter" series into a very shocking film.

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