Recommended? Absolutely. It’s not as utterly wonderful as the first film - the script is a little clunkier and the nostalgia factor replaced with a world-wide-web-weary cynicism. But the big, beating heart embedded in this story is a true delight. The Princesses alone will be worth the price of your ticket.
More of a set up for the franchise’s next three sequels with minimal fantasy and magic, though the wizarding spectacle, lore, and familiar and new characters might be worth the watch.