THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD
Fantastic new characters and what to know about them
“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.