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Fantastic Beasts Gets the Lego Treatment, and More of the Most Wonderful Toys of the Week Fantastic Beasts Gets the Lego Treatment, and More of the Most Wonderful Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular look at the shiny new collectibles tempting our wallets at the moment. This week, Playmobil’s amazing Ghostbusters toys get even better, there’s even more from the Lego wizarding world, and we covet a giant Jurassic Park dino, as we’re wont to do. Check it out!

A Very Chill Dumbledore Is the Star of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald's First Trailer A Very Chill Dumbledore Is the Star of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald's First Trailer

Because the first Fantastic Beasts was a fish out of water story about Newt Scamander traveling to America, there was only so much of the iconic English wizarding world to be seen. But that’s all changing in The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Just Let Dumbledore Be Gay Just Let Dumbledore Be Gay

Dumbledore is gay. This is a known thing in Harry Potter lore. But, when asked about how the character’s love life might be portrayed in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel, director David Yates made it seem like that part of the future Hogwarts headmaster’s life will be... minimized.

A New Harry Potter Game Wants to Explore Life at Hogwarts Before Harry A New Harry Potter Game Wants to Explore Life at Hogwarts Before Harry

Harry Potter has always had a weird relationship with video games, from the traditional movie tie-ins to the Lego series. But now that the franchise has mostly stepped aside for the prequel era in Fantastic Beasts, you’d think we’d start seeing more games connected to Newt instead of Harry and friends—but the latest …

Fantastic Beasts 2's French Word for 'Muggle' Proves the Non-British Wizarding World Is Lazy as Hell Fantastic Beasts 2's French Word for 'Muggle' Proves the Non-British Wizarding World Is Lazy as Hell

The first Fantastic Beasts introduced us to the American wizarding world’s answer to “muggle” in the form of the ludicrous “no-maj,” a term that just makes it seems like America’s wizarding society was a little weird. But with the sequel The Crimes of Grindelwald heading to France, it turns out our magical linguistic…

Daniel Radcliffe Responds to Fantastic Beasts' Casting Controversy Daniel Radcliffe Responds to Fantastic Beasts' Casting Controversy

It was only a matter of time until the wider Potterverse was brought into the quagmire of controversy surrounding Johnny Depp’s major presence in the cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. But the first weighing-in from the old Potter crew has come from none other than the former Harry Potter himself.

J.K. Rowling Finally Addresses Johnny Depp’s Fantastic Beasts Casting and It's Massively Disappointing J.K. Rowling Finally Addresses Johnny Depp’s Fantastic Beasts Casting and It's Massively Disappointing

The Fantastic Beasts franchise has had its own beast to contend with, after the controversial decision to keep Johnny Depp as the series’ antagonist after allegations of domestic abuse from his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. A few weeks ago, director David Yates decided victim-blaming was his way to respond to the…

Fantastic Beasts 2 Director Offers a Truly Gross Defense for Casting Johnny Depp Fantastic Beasts 2 Director Offers a Truly Gross Defense for Casting Johnny Depp

The casting of Johnny Depp as the big villain of the Fantastic Beasts franchise has been causing consternation from some Harry Potter fans, due to the ongoing allegations of domestic abuse leveled against Depp by his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. Director David Yates has now spoken about the issue directly after it…

Fantastic Beasts Producer Says Jude Law Was Cast as Dumbledore Because of That 'Twinkle In His Eye' Fantastic Beasts Producer Says Jude Law Was Cast as Dumbledore Because of That 'Twinkle In His Eye'

When it was announced that Jude Law would be playing young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts sequel (now called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Johnny Depp’s Hair), the response was largely: “That sounds fine.” It wasn’t rage-inducing, but it wasn’t cause for an ecstatic fan freakout either. It was, well,…

Fantastic Beasts 2 Has a New Name and a First Look at the Cast Fantastic Beasts 2 Has a New Name and a First Look at the Cast

Fantastic Beasts 2 is no longer Fantastic Beasts 2—it’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and now we have our first look at some of the cast, including Jude Law in action as the young Albus Dumbledore himself!

How Fantastic Beasts' Newt Scamander Represents a Rare Kind of Movie Hero How Fantastic Beasts' Newt Scamander Represents a Rare Kind of Movie Hero

Though he’s the hero of the Harry Potter spinoff movies, Newt Scamander is no Potter-esque hero himself. That’s not just because he’s a new lead steering a new corner of the Potter movieverse in a different direction. It’s also because he’s quite unlike the typical heroic figure—like Harry and countless other male…

All the Ways Fantastic Beasts Links Back to the Harry Potter Universe All the Ways Fantastic Beasts Links Back to the Harry Potter Universe

Thanks to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we can all see the future. We may not know how the adventures of Newt Scamander will turn out, but thanks to the Harry Potter films and books, we know what happens to many of the famous characters seen or mentioned in the prequel. Connecting the dots between these two…

J.K. Rowling Recasts Harry Potter's Magic for the Delightful Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them J.K. Rowling Recasts Harry Potter's Magic for the Delightful Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

There are few things more impressive than the imagination of J.K. Rowling, and it’s on full display in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Harry Potter author-turned-screenwriter has begun an exciting new chapter in her wizarding world, set 70 years before the Potter story starts (and in America), and it very…

Sounds Like a Major Harry Potter Character May Appear in Fantastic Beasts Sounds Like a Major Harry Potter Character May Appear in Fantastic Beasts

Set decades before the events of the Harry Potter books, you’d think it’d be hard for Fantastic Beasts to have many links to its parent series beyond references to the wider Wizarding Wold. However, it seems at least one Harry Potter character will be makeing an appearance in the movie.

The Fantastic Beasts Sequel, Written by J.K. Rowling, Officially Has a Release Date The Fantastic Beasts Sequel, Written by J.K. Rowling, Officially Has a Release Date

Warner Bros. is doubling down on turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a series of its own. And now the studio has announced that Fantastic Beasts 2 will be released on November 16, 2018.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Comes Out Tonight And Everyone's Freaking Out Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Comes Out Tonight And Everyone's Freaking Out

You wouldn’t think a play in book form would be the most-anticipated novel of the year, and yet here we are. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2, the printed script of the West End play, debuts at midnight Sunday and the world is going nuts.

This New Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Trailer Is Heavy on the Beasts This New Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Trailer Is Heavy on the Beasts

Comic-Con just summoned the latest trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, showing New York City under siege by mysterious forced (one might even call them... fantastic). If nothing else, this movie absolutely does not skimp on the Beasts.

J.K. Rowling Has Already Written the Second Fantastic Beasts Film J.K. Rowling Has Already Written the Second Fantastic Beasts Film

J.K. Rowling is once again wrapped up in the world of Harry Potter, almost a decade after the publication of the series’ final book. The new play is running in London, a prequel movie is coming soon, and now we know the sequel to the prequel has already been written.

The Latest Trailer for Fantastic Beasts Welcomes You To New York The Latest Trailer for Fantastic Beasts Welcomes You To New York

The latest trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them just hit the web, and it’s a fantastic look at JK Rowling’s Wizarding world in America.

The New Flash Will Also Join The Harry Potter Universe The New Flash Will Also Join The Harry Potter Universe

When Harry Potter defeated Lord Voldemort, we thought that was it. We were wrong. By now you probably know J.K. Rowling has penned a new Potter-universe film called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And the latest addition to the cast is the new big-screen version of The Flash, Ezra Miller.

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