Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald takes us back to J.K Rowling's Wizarding world for the second of five Fantastic Beasts movies. The franchise stems from the short book that Rowling wrote under the name of Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which was a text that Harry Potter studied at Hogwarts. From this, Rowling has weaved an elaborate web of intricate plotlines and characters, nearly all of which connects back to the Harry Potter universe in some way.
Fantastic Beasts 2 introduces some new characters, as well as some Harry Potter familiars - although they're significantly younger than they are in the books. There's also a returning cast, and with the Fantastic Beasts franchise expanding, here's our guide to who's who, and how they connect to Harry Potter.
- This Page: Returning Cast from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Page 2: Fantastic Beasts 2's New Cast and Characters
Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander: The magizoologist with a heart of gold, Newt is a lot smarter and more talented at wizardry than he seems. In fact, he looks set to be instrumental in tracking down Grindelwald. While Newt was the central character in the first Fantastic Beasts movie, The Crimes of Grindelwald is focused far more on the dark wizard and his rise to power. Newt Scamander is mentioned throughout Harry Potter as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. His grandson, Rolf Scamander, eventually marries Luna Lovegood.
Katherine Waterston is Tina Goldstein: Tina is a powerful Auror who used to work for MACUSA. She was dismissed from her position when she attacked Mary-Lou Barebone for abusing her son, Credence. In Fantastic Beasts 2, Tina helps Newt to track Grindelwald. The two will eventually form a romantic relationship, going on to marry and have at least one child.
Alison Sudol is Queenie Goldstein: Queenie is Tina's sister, and a very talented legilimens. She fell in love with Jacob, a No-Maj, who eventually had his mind wiped. However, the pair are set to reunite in Fantastic Beasts 2, though whether that's a permanent relationship or not, remains to be seen. She is not connected to the Harry Potter universe, other than her being the future sister-in-law of Newt.
Dan Fogler is Jacob Kowalski: Jacob is a No-Maj who, thanks to Newt's wizardry in the first Fantastic Beasts movie, now runs a bakery in New York. He did have his mind wiped, but has found his way back to Newt, Tina and Queenie, and is once again helping Newt with his magical creatures. He is not connected to Harry Potter.
Ezra Miller is Credence Barebone: Credence is now roaming across Europe as part of a magical circus after escaping the clutches of his puritanical adoptive mother, Mary-Lou. He is an obscurial: a wizard with a powerful and uncontrollable dark magic (an obscurus) inside of him. Credence is not mentioned in Harry Potter, but he's about to become a key player in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. One of Credence's biggest desires is to trace his birth family, and he's set to be connected to some major Harry Potter players.
Johnny Depp is Gellert Grindelwald: Grindelwald was captured at the end of the last movie, but he quickly facilitates an escape and heads to Paris to amass followers. Grindelwald (like most powerful dictators) is very good at preying on people's fears and insecurities, presenting his way as the only way. As a result, a lot of fundamentally good people become caught up in his dark reign. Grindelwald is mentioned often in Harry Potter, and has always been a significant character. Along with Dumbledore, he became obsessed with tracking down all the Deathly Hallows in order to have eternal life. He and Dumbledore were in love, but their relationship came to an abrupt end when they became involved in a three way duel with Aberforth, Albus Dumbledore's brother. During the fight, a stray curse struck and killed Ariana Dumbeldore, Albus' sister. Grindelwald then stole the elder wand from Gregorovitch and left Britain to continue with his task. In 1945, he met Dumbledore again in a now legendary duel, which Dumbledore won, earning possession of the elder wand.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018