‘Fantastic Beasts’ plunges deeper into pre-Harry Potter world

(CNN)More workmanlike than magical, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” nevertheless feels like an upgrade from its predecessor, one that adds star power, introduces key characters and lays the foundation for a genuine “Wizarding World” franchise. To call J.K. Rowling’s mythology-heavy plot dense would be an understatement, but the film has enough epic heft to feel like a genuine blockbuster. Having Grindelwald on the loose presents a challenge for Newt, who is caught up in the world of wizardly politics, …