I thought Harry Potter was wholesome family entertainment?
And this movie actually was fun, wholesome entertainment for a while. They were chasing around some cute little CG things and general hijinks ensued. Suddenly, about halfway through the runtime I estimate, we see a woman preparing to beat her son with his belt, and then after a strange (possibly anti-semetic?) charicature alerts the magic police of the presence of the hero group, they get arrested and sentenced to death by very gruesome means, but the executioners enjoy every second of it. They escape, of course, but man, it was hard to watch.
And, again, Johnny Depp is in this movie, and he is scum, so suddenly everything bad here fits a bit too well.
Other than that, I did like the the main hero characters (and I can have a good time just looking at Eddie Redmayne for a while). I liked a lot of the designs of various things and places as well. It’s really a shame, there are good things here, but they can’t escape the bad taste left by the awful parts of the movie.