Get to Know the Actual Beasts of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

     August 23, 2018


One of the most highly anticipated films of the upcoming holiday season is, undoubtedly, Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. While the ongoing saga of witches, wizards, and Muggles alike is all well and good, we must also keep track of the non-human critters among us, seen and unseen. The magical menagerie is part of what makes J.K. Rowling‘s Wizarding World such a fun, whimsical place to spend time in, be it in the pages of a novel or the seats in a movie theater. And since Newt Scamander, perhaps the world’s most famous magizoologist, is front-and-center in this sequel, we thought we’d take some time to introduce you to his otherworldly animal friends with our Fantastic Beasts bestiary guide!

Starring Eddie RedmayneJude LawJohnny DeppKatherine WaterstonAlison SudolDan FoglerZoe KravitzEzra Miller, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, and Brontis JodorowskyFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens in theaters on November 16th.

Here’s the official synopsis for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, followed by a descriptive list of the beasts themselves:

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™.


At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).  But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.


In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.  Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.


“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling.  The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.  Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen serve as executive producers.


The film reunites the behind-the-scenes creative team from the first “Fantastic Beasts” film, including Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It”), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), four-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), and Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films).  The music is by eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard (“Defiance,” “Michael Clayton,” “The Hunger Games” films).


Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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