By Jim Hayes
Volunteer State Community College will be invaded by fantastic beasts at 6 p.m., Friday, when the Campus Activities Board (CAB) presents Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in the Wood Campus Center’s Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B.
Admission to the event is free, and according to a flyer, the CAB will provide free food and drink until it runs out. The CAB is also encouraging attendees to wear Hogwarts house colors to the event.
Fantastic Beasts is a sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which is both a prequel and sequel to author J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of novels and movies.
That movie was set 65 years before the events recounted in the Potter series. FB:TCoG picks up shortly after the end of the previous movie with Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) once again in pursuit of evil wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
Grindelwald is pursuing a plan which, if successful, will place all non-magical beings under the rulership of pure-blooded wizards.
Jude Law plays Albus Dumbledore who convinces a reluctant Scamander that he is needed and the hunt is on in and around Paris..
This is the second of five planned Fantastic Beasts movies and the second written by Rowling who is also credited as one of the film’s producers. David Yates, who directed the first film, also directs this one.
The first film was nominated for two Academy Awards and won for Best Costume Design. It was nominated for five British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards and won in the Best Production Design category.
It grossed $814 million worldwide and was the eighth hig hest grossing film of 2016.