THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

Fan­tas­tic new char­ac­ters and what to know about them

Empire (Australasia) - - 2018 Preview -

“WE’RE LOOK­ING AT what we did the first time around and go­ing, ‘Okay, come on, let’s push things for­ward,’” Fan­tas­tic Beasts And Where To Find

Them di­rec­tor David Yates told Em­pire in Fe­bru­ary 2017. “How do we take peo­ple by sur­prise? We need to do that on the next one.”

Flash for­ward al­most a year, and the se­quel’s sur­prises are still be­ing con­cealed more cun­ningly than Rowena Raven­claw’s di­a­dem. What we do know is that while char­ac­ters from the orig­i­nal film are back, Newt (Ed­die Red­mayne) and Tina (Kather­ine Water­ston) will be en­coun­ter­ing a host of new friends and foes. Here’s our wand-by-wand up­date.

1. GELLERT GRINDELWALD (JOHNNY DEPP)

The dark­est of dark wizards, Grindelwald caused mis­chief in the first film dis­guised via magic as Per­ci­val Graves (Colin Far­rell). This time he’ll be in his true form — played by Johnny Depp, whose cast­ing con­tin­ues to cause con­tro­versy — and wield­ing the most pow­er­ful mag­i­cal in­stru­ment in the world, the El­der Wand.

2. ALBUS DUMBLEDORE (JUDE LAW)

We’re used to see­ing Albus Per­ci­val Wul­fric Brian Dumbledore as a long­bearded seer with a mag­i­cal bus pass.

But back in the 1920s he was a sprightly whip­per­snap­per in his mid-for­ties. Played by the dis­tinctly non-dod­dery Jude Law, Dumbledore is a Hog­warts teacher whose in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship with Grindelwald (in 2007 J.K. Rowl­ing re­vealed that he fell in love with him) has soured.

3. THESEUS SCAMANDER (CAL­LUM TURNER)

Newt’s older brother, Theseus is a chis­elled, com­mand­ing sort who was hailed for his hero­ism dur­ing World War I. Now he works for the Min­istry Of Magic and has been as­signed to hunt down Grindelwald. He is un­im­pressed by his brother’s pro­cliv­ity for track­ing fur­rier quarry.

4. LETA LES­TRANGE (ZOË KRAVITZ)

Leta was glimpsed in the first Fan­tas­tic Beasts, in the form of a pho­to­graph Newt peeks at in­side his mag­i­cal case. Where once they were close, he and Les­trange are now es­tranged. To com­pli­cate things fur­ther, she’s now en­gaged to his brother.

5. UN­KNOWN (CLAU­DIA KIM)

Kim plays a ‘Male­dic­tus’, some­body cursed to slowly trans­form into a beast, from the Cir­cus Ar­canus. Cu­ri­ously, a poster for the cir­cus in the first movie teases the act “The En­chant­ing Snake Girl”. In­ter­essst­ing... NICK DE SEMLYEN

Top: Scamander Red­mayne) Newt and (Ed­die Tina Gold­stein (Kather­ine Water­ston) are back. Above: The Fan­tas­tic cast in all their beastly glory.

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