[Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald] opens in 1927, a few months after Newt helped to unveil and capture the infamous Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. However, as he promised he would, Grindelwald has made a dramatic escape and has been gathering more followers to his cause—elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one who might be able to stop him is the wizard he once called his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander. The adventure reunites Newt with Tina, Queenie and Jacob, but his mission will also test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.
– Warner Bros. press release
In the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) travels to Europe, where he is called upon to help his former teacher Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) in facing the growing threat of Grindelwald – escaped from MACUSA custody and gaining followers fast. The resulting adventure takes in a wizarding circus, Nicolas Flamel, and unforseen dangers that test the love and loyalties of the truest friends.