We point out some of the details that were released regarding some of the important characters in FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD.
It feels so long ago since we first met Newt Scamander and his fantastic beasts, but now he’s come back onto the big screen, bigger and better with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne)
Newt’s book on fantastic beasts has made him famous, something that he’s not comfortable with at all, but considering what we know of him from the first film, that’s not surprising.
On a sidenote, we get to see the niffler and Pickett the trowbuckle again, which if you saw the trailer you probably already know. However, according to Fandango, is that there will also be baby nifflers as well! As if the niffler isn’t cute enough, now we’re going to see mini ones. Get ready to go ‘awwww!’
Back to Newt, when we catch up with him, he’s been restricted to go back to the States after the events from the first film, but Dumbledore sends Newt on a mission to Paris to find and stop Gellart Grindelwald.
Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law)
Although we only really have known the elder Dumbledore who guided/influenced/manipulated Harry Potter through the his young life at Hogwarts, we don’t know much about this younger Professor Dumbledore. We also don’t know yet why he can’t or won’t face off against Grindelwald himself, who happens to be a former ally of his, but who also had some part in the death of Albus’ sister.
This will be the first time that we get to see Jude Law play the crochet-loving wizard, and we’re more than curious to see how Law portrays this younger version of the future Hogwarts headmaster. From what we’ve seen, Dumbledore acts very sure of himself, a characteristic that he doesn’t grow out of.
Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston)
Tina’s back, and although she has been reinstated as and auror for MACUSA, she still can’t help but continue on her rebellious streak and head for Paris on an unauthorized mission to find the Obscurial Credence, who she knows is still alive.
Not-so-oddly enough, this puts her right in the same city as Newt will be in, bringing the two together again, even though on separate missions.
Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol)
From that end scene in the first film, we know that Queenie goes back to see Jacob in his newly-popular bakery, but we find out that it was against MACUSA’s laws regarding relations with no-majs, meaning they’re not supposed to have any.
So, what does that mean for Queenie? Well, maybe it was love that drove her to it, but she whisks her and Jacob across the Atlantic to England…
Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler)
Unfortunately, Queenie does so without his consent or his knowledge and inadvertently drives her away with his thoughts. This causes him to go in search of Newt in Paris to search for the heartbroken Queenie.
Credence (Ezra Miller)
He’s alive! And he, too, is in Paris, traveling with the Circus Arcanus while trying to find his birth mother. What we’ve seen in the trailer is that he has at least better control of his ability as an Obscurial, but he’s no less a danger to the magical world.
He finds a friend in Maledictus, a circus performer who has problems of her own, and they both escape the circus and the tyrant ringmaster of the circus.
It’s likely the ringmaster will want to go after both Credence and Maledictus, but he won’t be alone in his search as another character has been obsessively searching for Credence for years.
Theseus Scamander (played by Callum Turner)
Another new character to the franchise is Newt’s brother, Theseus. He not only happens to be the more ambitious-type Scamander, being a war hero and head of the British Ministry’s Auror Department, but he’s also engaged to marry Newt’s one-time love interest Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz).
No doubt there’s some estrangement between the two brothers, but from what we see in the photos, they do have to at least work together.
Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp)
Setting aside the fact that problematic Johnny Depp has reprised his role as Dumbledore’s main foe, Grindelwald is the main reason for the movie, and will have more of a presence this time around, with the character actively seeking to recruit more wizards and witches to his cause.
We get to see his allies, which include some familiar names like Rosier and Carrow, and we find that he has allies on the inside who are familiar to us from the first film.
We can’t wait to see if Dumbledore faces off against Grindelwald, at least a little bit.
Paris is the setting this time around, and it definitely looks much more magical in these photos:
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, lands in theaters November 16th.