Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Images Court Johnny Depp’s Dark Wizard Out Of The Shadows


Not even 24 hours have passed since Empire’s photo exclusive and already, two more stills for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald have been summoned online.

But whereas this morning’s media dump placed a particular focus on the good guys – namely Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and her magical spouse, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) – another two action shots have arrived to shift the spotlight over to both Dumbledore and the sequel’s titular antagonist, Gellert Grindelwald.

Brought to life by Johnny Depp – controversially, we might add – Grindelwald is Voldemort for the 1920s, only this time around, Potterheads will discover that Depp’s villain has a history with Albus Dumbledore, the brilliant wizard who would go on to become headmaster of Hogwarts.

But as Warner’s Fantastic Beasts saga is rooted in the 20th century, and therefore long before the Boy Who Lived, The Crimes Of Grindelwald will introduce Dumbledore as a teacher who “refuses to conform to the status quo,” according to writer-director David Yates.

Not only that, but Law’s greying wizard is “passionate, mischievous and an inspiration” to his budding students, while Dumbledore looks to Newt Scamander as a “kindred spirit, an outsider, who is misunderstood. They recognize each other’s strengths and vulnerabilities.”

Gellert Grindelwald, on the other hand, hails from the opposite end of the moral spectrum, and views “all non-magical beings as being inferior to wizards.” Yikes!

He’s a charismatic figure who uses his undeniable appeal to inspire others to blindly follow his cause.

David Yates stopped short of divulging any further details relating to Depp’s antagonist, as it would certainly spoil the story of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald. It’s one that will largely take place in Paris, too, while November 16th, 2018 is the date for your diary.