This Harry Potter Mobile Game Trailer Is a Better Wizarding World Movie Than Fantastic Beasts

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Not gonna lie: I can’t say I’m all that excited for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the new game from the people behind Pokémon Go that is basically Pokémon Go but with British wizards. But this launch trailer for the game really, really has me hankering for a modern Potter movie with this sort of premise.

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io9 Rewrites Some of the Dumbest Movie and TV Show Plot Lines of 2018

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In 2018, we’ve seen some good things, some bad things, and many that were somewhere in between. As we get ready to celebrate the year with our official rankings of everything that was good and terrible in movies, TV, comics, and beyond, we thought we’d start by fixing some of those things!

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How Fantastic Beasts Failed at Representation, and What J.K. Rowling Can Do About It

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I come not to bury J.K. Rowling, but to praise her. Harry Potter was an honest to god phenomenon, impacting my generation in roughly the same way Star Wars did for the one before us. The world she created fascinated us and the fandom was deeply invested in the story. But in her rush to expand the Wizarding World…

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Optimus Prime Replaces the Matrix of Leadership With a Watch, and More of the Wildest Toys of the Week

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Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of all the wonderfully weird and wallet-draining toys we’ve seen floating around the internet. This week: Fantastic Beasts comes to Hot Toys, Monopoly’s got something to say about kids these days, and the fluffiest answer to Super Smash Bros. possible.

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https://io9.gizmodo.com/optimus-prime-replaces-the-matrix-of-leadership-with-a-1830379352

There’s Plans to Bring Modern Superhero Classic Black Hammer to the Big Screen

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Kevin Feige talks about Marvel’s plans for The Eternals. There’s wild rumors about who else could join Westworld’s third season. Go behind the scenes on Aquaman’s underwater filming. Plus, the first details from the last two episodes of Doctor Who season 11, and a new look at Elseworlds. Spoilers go!

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https://io9.gizmodo.com/theres-plans-to-bring-modern-superhero-classic-black-ha-1830371124

Updates From Godzilla vs Kong, Jonny Quest, and More

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Godzilla vs Kong casts an Iron Fist star. Lego Batman Movie and potential Nightwing director Chris McKay could bring Jonny Quest to the big screen. The CW wants a lot more of the new Charmed. Plus, Swamp Thing could be adding another DC villain, and casting rumors for the Game of Thrones prequel. Spoilers get!

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https://io9.gizmodo.com/updates-from-godzilla-vs-kong-jonny-quest-and-more-1830213210

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Is Criminally Underbaked

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There’s a moment near the end of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald when I realized the scene I was watching could have been the second one in the movie. Instead, it was near the end, climactic and important. Yet it took so long to get here and everything that happened prior was so superfluous to the events…

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https://io9.gizmodo.com/fantastic-beasts-the-crimes-of-grindelwald-is-criminal-1830285197

A Truly Ridiculous Rumor About Matt Smith’s Role in Star Wars: Episode IX

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The Hellboy movie might have added another iconic hero from the comics. Get a suitably democratic new look at Captain Marvel courtesy of Brie Larson. Fox is looking to do its own take on War of the Worlds. Plus, new behind-the-scenes looks at Joker, and what’s to come on Legends of Tomorrow. Spoilers, go!

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https://io9.gizmodo.com/a-truly-ridiculous-rumor-about-matt-smiths-role-in-star-1830213174