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Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald

  • Fantasy
  • Drama
  • 2018
  • David Yates (2)
  • 128 mins
  • 12


In 1927, the Magical Congress of the United States of America transfers the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald to Europe to stand trial, but he escapes. In an attempt to scupper the evil sorcerer's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander to help. Second part of JK Rowling's Harry Potter prequel saga, starring Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston and Jude Law

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A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This second episode in the five-film Fantastic Beasts franchise makes for a sumptuously absorbing spectacle. A complex plot and the introduction of more characters adds narrative richness and a deepening mythology to the Wizarding World created by JK Rowling, who is at the peak of her magical storytelling powers. The action opens in 1927, where Newt Scamander (the ever-reliable Eddie Redmayne) journeys to Paris alongside assorted friends, family and villains to learn why escaped convict Grindelwald (sinister Johnny Depp) is searching for the mysterious Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller). The story works in various trips to Hogwarts, adding a further Harry Potter shimmer to the magisterial mix, with Albus Dumbledore (a sprightly Jude Law) playing a key role in the dazzling escapades that unfold. Directed with fast-paced efficiency and an epic sense of wonder by Potterverse veteran David Yates, this blockbuster continues to build on the fabulous formula.



Newt ScamanderEddie Redmayne
Tina GoldsteinKatherine Waterston
Gellert GrindelwaldJohnny Depp
Jacob KowalskiDan Fogler
Queenie GoldsteinAlison Sudol
Albus DumbledoreJude Law
Credence BareboneEzra Miller
Leta LestrangeZoë Kravitz
Theseus ScamanderCallum Turner
Yusuf KamaWilliam Nadylam
Nicolas FlamelBrontis Jodorowsky
GrimmsonIngvar E Sigurdsson
SkenderOlafur Darri Olafsson
AbernathyKevin Guthrie
Young GrindelwaldJamie Campbell Bower
Young DumbledoreToby Regbo
Mustafa KamaHugh Quarshie


DirectorDavid Yates (2)


Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
English | French
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray

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