Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (dir. David Yates)

2016 brought us back to the wizarding world of Harry Potter in the prequel to the beloved books and movies: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. 6 fictional months and two real life years later, we return to in Yates’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Reviews have been decidedly mixed. What do our geeks think of the new addition to the Potterverse?

Voldemort-lite or complex look at the “Banality of Evil?”

If you haven’t seen the movie, beware, this conversation has spoilers.

Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Alex Ago and Aubrey Hicks.

Find us on Twitter: @BedrosianCenter@AubreyHi@jonHLYP, @USCCinema



This podcast is brought to you by Price Video Services and USC Bedrosian Center, and continues ongoing efforts to bring policy and its impact into the public discourse and is produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz.

Sound supervision by the Brothers Hedden.


Aubrey Hicks is the Executive Director at the Bedrosian Center, where she oversees day-to-day operations and strategic planning for the Center. She was the Managing Editor, Journal of Public Policy. Prior to joining the Bedrosian Center, Aubrey was the Program Coordinator at The POGIL Project, a national professional development organization for educators. She also served as an academic reference librarian and worked in marketing and administration at Elsevier Science and Cornell University Press. She holds a degree in English from Moravian College and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Jonathan Schwartz Jonathan Schwartz has spent over 10 years in the corporate video space with a specialization in production and marketing to fully realize, protect, and enhance a company’s brand through video. Projects that Jonathan has produced/directed have been featured in national marketing campaigns - distributed both on the web and broadcast television. Jonathan also has an extensive technical background which he leverages to build state of the art and award winning digital delivery systems. Currently, Jonathan is the Director of Video Productions and Operations at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy where he has designed and implemented cost-effective streaming and video solutions/workflows which has allowed the University to reduce costs and bring production in-house. Jonathan came to USC from Celebrity Cruises, where he designed and implemented their on-board closed circuit IP-TV station / delivery system for their Solstice Class of ships. Jonathan also has a passion for the narrative space, and produces / directs short films that are often featured in film festivals around the country. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California - School of Cinematic Arts.