A his­tory of magic

Five ways Newt Sca­man­der’s re­turn in Fan­tas­tic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindel­wald weaves into the world of Harry Pot­ter

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Fan­tas­tic Beasts And Where To Find Them sent J.K. Rowl­ing’s Wiz­ard­ing World saga into a whole new era, and Newt Sca­man­der’s ad­ven­ture is about to con­tinue in Fan­tas­tic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindel­wald, a se­quel tak­ing in both new hori­zons and fa­mil­iar ar­eas of Harry Pot­ter mythol­ogy. Here’s what you need to know.

1 _ Newt’s im­por­tance is se­cured

The Crimes Of Grindel­wald picks up in 1927, the year af­ter Newt and Tina Gold­stein cap­tured Dark wiz­ard Gellert Grindel­wald in New York. In the mean­time, our hero has fi­nally pub­lished his book based on his trav­els, Fan­tas­tic Beasts And Where To Find Them — the de­fin­i­tive Ma­g­i­zo­ol­ogy tome that Harry Pot­ter stud­ies at Hog­warts over 60 years later. When Grindel­wald es­capes from pri­son, Newt is given a mis­sion that sends him to Paris — while Tina, her sis­ter Quee­nie, and Mug­gle baker Ja­cob Kowal­ski are drawn back into the fray.

2 _ dum­ble­dore’s back

Decades be­fore the flow­ing grey beard, the half-moon spec­ta­cles and his ten­ure as Harry Pot­ter’s Hog­warts head­mas­ter, Al­bus Dum­ble­dore was a pro­fes­sor who counted Newt Sca­man­der among his pupils. Jude Law steps into Michael Gam­bon’s shoes to take on the wiz­ard icon, who be­comes a vi­tal friend and men­tor to young Huf­flepuff Newt. Due to his com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship with Grindel­wald — friends, then en­e­mies af­ter the death of Dum­ble­dore’s sis­ter — Dum­ble­dore sends the adult Newt on the wiz­ard-su­prem­a­cist’s trail in­stead of go­ing him­self.

3 _ a deathly hal­low re­turns

In the fight against Volde­mort, Harry comes to pos­sess ultra-pow­er­ful mag­i­cal ar­ti­facts the Deathly Hal­lows — the El­der Wand, Res­ur­rec­tion Stone and Cloak Of In­vis­i­bil­ity — sup­pos­edly cre­ated by Death, and sym­bol­ised by an over­lap­ping cir­cle, tri­an­gle and ver­ti­cal line. Grindel­wald is ob­sessed with the Hal­lows myth, ap­pro­pri­at­ing the sym­bol as his own. In Fan­tas­tic Beasts he gives his Hal­lows neck­lace to Cre­dence Bare­bone, a vul­ner­a­ble and dan­ger­ous Ob­scu­rial, while dis­guised as Auror Per­ci­val Graves. Dum­ble­dore even­tu­ally

wins the El­der Wand from Grindel­wald in their fate­ful 1945 duel.


For Harry Pot­ter fans, the sur­name Les­trange means one thing: He­lena Bon­ham Carter’s cack­ling, curly-haired Death Eater Bel­la­trix — cousin and mur­derer of Harry Pot­ter’s beloved god­fa­ther, Sir­ius Black. The first Fan­tas­tic Beasts teased a more sym­pa­thetic mem­ber of the Les­trange clan in Leta, a Slytherin an­ces­tor of Bel­la­trix’s even­tual hus­band Rodol­phus Les­trange. Leta is Newt’s old friend from Hog­warts, whose photo re­mains in his mag­i­cal case — and with un­re­solved is­sues be­tween them, ex­pect sparks to fly when she turns up in The Crimes Of Grindel­wald.


Pack your trunk, grab your owl, and sort a last-minute trol­ley dash down Di­agon Al­ley, be­cause the ar­rival of a young Dum­ble­dore also means a re­turn to that school of witch­craft and wiz­ardry — yes, we’re go­ing back to Hog­warts. As well as vis­it­ing the Scot­tish cas­tle in the ‘present day’ of 1927, The Crimes Of Grindel­wald’s Comic-con teaser re­vealed flash­backs of Dum­ble­dore teach­ing a young Newt the same Bog­gart-in-the­wardrobe les­son that Harry Pot­ter receives from Pro­fes­sor Lupin in The Pris­oner Of Azk­a­ban.

From left to right: Young Newt (Joshua Shea) is ob­served by Al­bus Dum­ble­dore (Jude Law) at Hog­warts; A bil­let-doux for Newt?; Zoë Kravitz as Newt’s close friend — or is that ‘close friend’? — and fel­low mag­i­cal crea­ture lover Leta Les­trange; Johnny Depp sports a striking new look as Gellert Grindel­wald.

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