Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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[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 us to a wizarding circus, Nicolas Flamel, and unforeseen dangers that test the love and loyalties of the truest friends.

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Release Dates


South Africa – November 16, 2018

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China – November 16, 2018
Hong Kong – November 15, 2018
India – November 16, 2018
Indonesia – November 14, 2018
Israel – November 15, 2018
Japan – November 23, 2018
Kazakhstan – November 15, 2018
Kuwait – November 15, 2018
Lebanon – November 15, 2018
Philippines – November 15, 2018
Qatar – November 15, 2018
Saudi Arabia – November 15, 2018
Singapore – November 15, 2018
South Korea – November 14, 2018
Sri Lanka – November 16, 2018
Taiwan – November 15, 2018
Turkey – November 16, 2018
Vietnam – November 16, 2018

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Belgium – November 14, 2018
Bulgaria – November 16, 2018
Czech Republic – November 15, 2018
Denmark – November 15, 2018
Estonia – November 16, 2018
Finland – November 14, 2018
France (Paris World Premiere) – November 8, 2018
France – November 14, 2018
Georgia – November 15, 2018
Germany – November 15, 2018
Greece – November 15, 2018
Hungary – November 15, 2018
Ireland – November 16, 2018
Italy – November 15, 2018
Lithuania – November 16, 2018
Netherlands – November 14, 2018
Norway – November 14, 2018
Poland – November 16, 2018
Portugal – November 15, 2018
Romania – November 16, 2018
Russia – November 15, 2018
Slovakia – November 15, 2018
Spain – November 16, 2018
Sweden – November 14, 2018
United Kingdom – November 16, 2018

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North America

Canada – November 16, 2018
Mexico – November 16, 2018
United States – November 16, 2018

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Australia – November 15, 2018

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South America

Argentina – November 15, 2018
Brazil – November 15, 2018
Colombia – November 15, 2018
Peru – November 15, 2018
Uruguay – November 15, 2018

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"J.K. Rowling Enters George Lucas Mode With the New Fantastic Beasts Movie" – By David Sims | The Atlantic | November 13, 2018

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald‎" – By Kimberley Jones | The Austin Chronicle | November 16, 2018

"There's not much magic in the plotty, reference-heavy Fantastic Beasts sequel‎" – By A.A. Dowd | A.V. Club | November 8, 2018, 3:15 p.m.

"Film review: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" – By Nicholas Barber | BBC | November 9, 2018

"Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is one great big Dumble-snore" – By Justin Chang | The Chicago Tribune | November 8, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

"'Fantastic Beasts' plunges deeper into pre-Harry Potter world" – By Brian Lowry | CNN | November 15, 2018, 3:36 p.m. ET

"'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Review: The Spell Is Broken" – By Matt Goldberg | Collider | November 15, 2018

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" – By Sandie Angulo Chen | Common Sense Media

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Review" – By Ian Freer | Empire | November 8, 2018

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review: 'Truly understands what makes the Wizarding World work'" – By James Mottram | GamesRadar+ | November 8, 2018

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review – Jude Law's Dumbledore shines" – By Peter Bradshaw | The Guardian | November 8, 2018, 4:00 p.m. EST

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review – a little tamer" – By Wendy Ide | The Guardian | November 18, 2018, 3:00 p.m. EST

"'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald': Film Review" – By Caryn James | The Hollywood Reporter | November 8, 2018, 1:00 p.m. PST

"Harry Potter franchise's new 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel should not have been written by J.K. Rowling" – By Ani Bundel | NBC News | November 17, 2018, 2:14 p.m. EST

"‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Review: Apocalypse Too Soon" – By Manohla Dargis | The New York Times | November 8, 2018

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" – By Christy Lemire | | November 16, 2018

"'Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Review: Sequel’s Strictly for the Pottermores" – By Peter Travers | Rolling Stone | November 15, 2018, 9:46 a.m. ET

"Fantastic Beasts: Like Lucius Malfoy's wand, critics are split over The Crimes of Grindlewald" – By Josh Weiss | SyFy Wire | November 8, 2018

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review: the gravest case of prequel-itis since The Phantom Menace" – By Robbie Collin | The Telegraph | November 15, 2018, 12:44 p.m.

"Film Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’" – By Andrew Barker | Variety | November 8, 2018, 1:00 p.m. PT

"Even for the Harry Potter hardcore, Crimes of Grindelwald is one convoluted movie" – By Tasha Robinson | The Verge | November 8, 2018, 4:00 p.m. EST

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels like a giant prologue for some other movie" – By Aja Romano | Vox | November 16, 2018, 11:45 p.m. EST

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Is a Tedious Slog, But It Ends Well" – By Bilge Ebiri | Vulture | November 15, 2018

"Less-Than-‘Fantastic’ Start for Harry Potter Spinoff" – By Erich Schwartzel | The Wall Street Journal | November 18, 2018, 2:00 p.m. ET

"The ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel goes surprisingly dark, with a shocking reveal at the end" – By Michael O’Sullivan | The Washington Post | November 8, 2018

"‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Film Review: J.K. Rowling Conjures More Magic and Messiness" – By William Bibbiani | The Wrap | November 14, 2018, 12:22 p.m.


Awards Won

AEAF Awards

Feature Film VFX - Special Merit
Rodeo FX

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Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films

Best Fantasy Film Release

Art Directors Guild Awards

Excellence in Production Design: Fantasy Feature Film
Stuart Craig

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards

Best Production Design
Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock

Best Special Visual Effects
Tim Burke, Andy Kind, Christian Manz, David Watkins

European Film Awards

People's Choice Award

Golden Trailer Awards

Best Fantasy Adventure
JAX, Rare ComicCon, Warner Bros.

Best Home Ent Fantasy Adventure
Seismic Productions, Warner Bros.

Best Fantasy Adventure Poster
Warner Bros., WORKS ADV

Hawaii Film Critics Society

Best Costume Design

Best Make-Up

International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards

Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film
James Newton Howard

The Operators Award

Feature Film
Vince McGahon

Satellite Awards

Art Direction and Production Design
Warner Bros.

Costume Design
Colleen Atwood

Visual Effects
Warner Bros.

Teen Choice Awards

Choice Movie Villain
Johnny Depp

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actress
Katherine Waterston

Visual Effects Society Awards

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
Christian Gaumond, Dominik Kirouac, Chloé Ostiguy

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  • Principal photography for the film began on July 3, 2017.
  • The film is set to be released exactly 17 years after the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone's release date of November 16, 2001.
  • As of the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling had already started working on the second Fantastic Beasts screenplay.
  • The story will be set in 1927, and action will take place in New York, London, and Paris, with a particular focus on the last city.
  • Crimes of Grindelwald will also see Hogwarts Castle return to our screens.
  • A young Albus Dumbledore will appear in the film, played by Jude Law.
  • Nicolas Flamel will make his first on-screen wizarding world appearance in this second Fantastic Beasts installment.
  • As of the release of the first Fantastic Beasts film, Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Katherine Waterston (Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange), and Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald) had been confirmed as cast members for this second film.
  • Ezra Miller will also return as Credence, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film.
  • In Crimes of Grindelwald, Newt's brother Theseus (Callum Turner) is engaged to Leta Lestrange. Theseus is a celebrated war hero and the Head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic
  • Other new characters include a bounty hunter called Grimmson (Ingvar Sigurdsson); a wizard called Yusuf Kama (William Nadylam); Skender (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson), the owner of a wizarding circus; and an as-of-yet unnamed Maledictus (Claudia Kim), the carrier of a blood curse that ultimately destines her to transform into a beast and who is one of the circus’s "featured attractions."
  • By the time the movie takes place, Newt has gained fame in the wizarding world as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. A photo from the Fantastic Beasts set has been released showing a poster promoting his book launch party at Flourish & Blotts on Saturday, March 19, 1927.
  • On December 7, 2016, a rumored description was spotted on IMDb: "Newt tries to move on, but Leta [Lestrange] keeps turning up when he least expects it. After a while, he realizes she is only there to tell him about Dumbledore, who needs to defeat Grindelwald."

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At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

- Synopsis

As for the first film, the screenplay for Crimes of Grindelwald was written by J.K. Rowling and published alongside the film's release. It is illustrated by the franchise's graphic design duo, MinaLima.

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