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There are set to be five Fantastic Beasts films in the series. What do we know about the saga?
It looks like a key part of the Fantastic Beasts movies will be Dumbledore’s past relationship with Gellert Grindelwald – the Hogwarts professor sends former student Newt Scamander on a mission because he “can’t move against Grindelwald” himself. It seems to be building up to the epic battle between Dumbledore and Grindelwald in 1945, mentioned in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. Surely it can’t be a coincidence it happens the same year as the end of World War II...
JK Rowling has confirmed that Grindelwald will become a figurehead for the Nazis, who were known historically to be fascinated by mysticism. This could tie the Wizarding and Muggle worlds together during a dark time in human history.
Throughout the course of the movies, we will learn more about characters with familiar names. Rowling’s said that Tom Riddle’s childhood will be explored, as well as how he came to be Lord Voldemort. Meanwhile the story of Scamander brothers Newt and Theseus is seemingly tied up with Leta Lestrange – the greatgrandmother of Voldemort disciple Bellatrix Lestrange.
One of the biggest twists in the trailer is Voldemort’s snake and future horcrux Nagini being revealed in human form – she’s a Maledictus, a carrier of a blood curse that will eventually turn her into a beast permanently. At this point, she’s a circus attraction who can transform at will, but her time is apparently running out.
After a curious fan tweeted Rowling asking her to clarify the number of movies in the sequence, the author replied “5. Five, Cinq. Funf. Cinco. Cinque.” Is this a hint to the possible locations of the three remaining movies? We know The
Crimes Of Grindelwald is set primarily in Paris, on the back of New York. Should the cast be looking forward to trips to Germany, Spain and Italy in the future?
Let David Yates have a wand for once. Claudia Kim plays Nagini in her human form. Jeez, stop canoodling already. Important lessons in being a dapper wizard ensued. Sometimes she secretly looked at pictures of sexy wizards.