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We (my wife and I) enjoyed this more than we expected, that expectation largely on the back of numerous negative comments. Special effects have moved on hugely since even the most recent of the Potter movies, and we are also no longer weighed down by the duff acting from some of the kids which blighted the earlier Potters; this is genuinely spectacular and entertaining, my only real criticism is that bits of it feel a bit padded out in places and could have benefited from some tighter editing with the loss of maybe half an hour of run time.
I believe many of the negative comments including some here are driven by the same shrieking ‘how dare they go in a direction I don’t agree with’ hysteria from the ‘everything needs to be exactly how I want it’ generation which has accompanied Solo, The Last Jedi and Game of Thrones along with many others. This is JK Rawlings world, these are her stories and characters, she can take them wherever she wants and do with them whatever she wishes, some people need to accept that and deal with it.
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