A necessary refresh before we enter the era of The Crimes of Grindelwald
On November 15, 2018, the world of Harry Potter is going to engulf us all again with the second chapter of its first film spinoff, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Originally a screenplay, it’s no secret that its written influence is not as far reaching as that of the Harry Potter series. But hey, that’s why we’re here to give you everything you need to know about the era, characters and current situations.
The first chapter, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, closed with the reveal of Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp. This was, of course, after Ezra Miller’s Credence had done New York in—more accurately, after his Obscurial had unleashed itself after years of trying to suppress his magic.
And this is where The Crimes of Grindelwald begins: With a captured Grindelwald, a new Albus Dumbledore (hello, Jude Law) and a returning Credence.
Making good on his promise from Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Grindelwald has escaped his captors from MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America). Theoretically, he’s on the hunt for followers to join him on his agenda of raising wizards and witches to rule over non-magical people.
But Albus Dumbledore (younger and more agile than we’re used to) comes in to try and halt Grindelwald’s plans. Helping him out is former student, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who is unaware of the very real dangers that lie ahead.
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We know Newt Scamander, Credence Barebone, Tina Goldstein (Katherin Waterston), Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) and Queen Goldstein (Aison Sudol) quite well from the first Fantastic Beasts film, but The Crimes of Grindelwald introduces us to a slew of new individuals:
Familiar name, mysterious past. In the upcoming movie, we finally learn about the past of Nagini.
As the main attraction of a wizarding circus, Nagini carries a blood curse that will turn her into a snake permanently (and, as we know, eventually become the right hand of Voldemort). For now, her transformative powers are exploited and she can only find solace in one of the circus’ menial workers, Credence.
Damaged and confused, Leta Lestrange has some control over Newt, who used to be in love with her. As her name suggests, she belongs to the family we all know too well, famous for practicing the Dark Arts and keeping their line muggle-free.
She’s also currently engaged to Theseus Scamander, Newt’s brother.
After a year of hunting down Grindelwald with a team of British Aurors, Newt’s older brother is finally on screen for us to see. Having fought in World War I, Theseus is described as a war hero who has a relatively warm relationship with Newt.
Already influential and known for his academic and magical prowess, this younger Albus Dumbledore had a mysterious summer-long relationship with Grindelwald in their teenage years. After ending on a tragic note, Dumbledore is called to help stop Grindelwald’s rising reign.
Infamously powerful, Grindelwald has caused violence and terror around the globe on his quest to strengthen a new Wizarding Order.
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A few extra things to note…
Grindelwald has the Elder Wand
Official photos show us that Grindelwald is in possession of the Elder Wand—the very wand that Albus Dumbledore yields in the Harry Potter movies (until he loses the same to Draco Malfoy). As we know, Grindelwald stole the wand from wandmaker Gregorovitch.
A Nicolas Flamel sighting
Nicolas Flamel, the creator of the Philosopher’s stone, will also be part of The Crimes of Grindelwald. It’s been made clear by the books and previous films that Flamel was pretty close with Dumbledore at one point. The extent of the character in the upcoming movie, however, is still unknown.
Straight out of the first film
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald takes place in 1927, just a few months after the first film. This time though, we’re seeing Paris and London in addition to New York.
Everyone up to speed? Great. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald premieres on November 15.
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