4 Things JK Rowling Just Revealed About Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Jaap Buitendijk, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

by Natalie Zamora

The ​final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was released today, and besides getting seriously creeped out by Johnny Depp's Gellert Grindelwald and intrigued by Jude Law's Dumbledore, everyone was extremely shocked by the inclusion of Nagini. Voldemort's snake was no longer a reptile, but a whole woman.

Between all three elements, we are expecting some crazy stuff from the next installment in the series, and JK Rowling has added to the hype by answering fan questions on Twitter today following the trailer's release.

Here are four things the acclaimed author revealed about the upcoming film.

1. NAGINI IS A MALEDICTUS.

Upon first watch, the only thing we could figure to explain Nagini being a woman was that she had to be a horcrux. How else could a snake be a human? Well, Rowling explained she is actually a Maledictus, which is a female whose blood was cursed at birth, leading to her eventual transformation into a beast.

2. A MALEDICTUS IS NOT DESTINED TO BE EVIL BEFORE THE CURSE.

Rowling went on to explain that just because a Maledictus has cursed blood at birth, they are not destined to be cursed beforehand. "The slow transformation into a beast is beyond their control, but they aren't destined to be evil," she shared.

3. THE NAGINI FAN THEORY IS INCORRECT.

For those of you who still think Nagini was the snake trapped in the zoo at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Rowling is here to tell you no, that's not what happened! Calling it a "very persistent fan theory," the author explains it was never the same snake. That would be terribly sad.

4. DUMBLEDORE AND GRINDELWALD'S PAST WILL BE EXPLORED BOTH HERE AND IN FUTURE FILMS.

As for our two major characters, Rowling revealed the past and ​deep connection they share will be explored in the film, but even more so in the next installments.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters on November 16, 2018.

How Much Are You Spending on Streaming Services? This Handy Calculator Can Tell You

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With the recent debut of both Disney+ and Apple TV+, not to mention upcoming launches for HBO Max, NBC’s Peacock, and more, streaming services are officially coming for cable television’s throne—and might sneakily empty your bank account while they're at it.

While a monthly fee of $10 to $15 seems easy enough to justify if you’re willing to sacrifice a burrito bowl or fancy cocktail once a month, the little voice in the back of your head is probably whispering, “but it still adds up.” To find out just how much, MarketWatch created a calculator that will not only tell you how much you’re spending on streaming services every month; it’ll also add up the lifetime cost of all those entertainment expenses.

The calculator covers Netflix, CBS All Access, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Disney+, Apple TV+, and YouTube TV, and it also includes a whole host of add-ons that you might not even have realized were available. Through Amazon Prime, for example, you can subscribe to HBO, Showtime, and other premium channels—but there are also more niche options like Hallmark Movies Now and NickHits (with iCarly, The Fairly OddParents, and other Nickelodeon classics).

As you check off services and add-ons, you’ll see your monthly bill on the right side of the total box, and the lifetime cost—which accounts for 50 years of streaming, adjusted for inflation—will balloon before your eyes on the left side. Below that, there’s an even larger number labeled as the lifetime “true” cost, which estimates how much you would’ve made if you had invested that money instead.

For example: If you sign up for basic monthly subscriptions to Netflix and Disney+ for $9 and $7, respectively, your lifetime cost totals around $16,200. However, if you had opted to invest that money, the 50-year prediction sees you walking away with almost $74,000.

Having said that, it’s understandably hard to look that far into the future, especially when Disney+ is tempting you with the Lizzie McGuire series, Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, and practically every beloved animated Disney movie from your childhood.

[h/t MarketWatch]

Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas

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Amazon

Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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