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SFX - - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald - Kr­ishna Chauhan

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.

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