Eddie Redmayne

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is months away, and fans are anticipating one very important conflict at the heart of the storyline. Fans of the franchise know that there is bad blood between Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore, and there’s no doubt that the sequel and subsequent films will see that conflict through.

So, how will the adorably quirky Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) fit into the picture? During a recent interview on set, Redmayne was asked that very question. He explained how Newt’s special set of skills will play a major part in aiding the young Dumbledore:

“I feel like Newt’s skillset is quite unique, and I don’t just mean with beasts. I mean with empathy. His capacity to see broken people and to reach out to broken people is a skillset which is pretty unique. And it’s one of the things that Dumbledore has always, since he was a kid, seen in Newt. And the complexity of the… if, you know, if it is building to a showdown between these two — [Jo Rowling]’s created a scenario that’s not as simple as the two can just face off. And actually, Dumbledore needs to recruit the skillset of Newt to help.”

While Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp, was known in the ‘Harry Potter’ films by name only, true Potterheads know that he is one of the most powerful dark wizards in the Pottersphere. Grindelwald and Dumbledore were friends in their younger days, as both shared an interest in the Deathly Hallows. They also had a plan to create a new world order in which wizards ruled over Muggles. But their bromance came to an end, and Grindelwald set out on his own.

Fans will see just how the conflict between the wizards is handled when David Yates brings ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ to theaters on November 16!

Magizoologist Newt Scamander joins forces with young Albus Dumbledore to prevent
the devious Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-
magical beings.