A new preview of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is being published in the August issue of Empire Magazine, and in it, David Heyman previews what’s so intriguing about their antagonist.
The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts producer touched on the forthcoming battle that will consume Newt and company when the movie hits theaters this fall. He also makes tantalizing comments about Dumbledore’s involvement.
… the way producer David Heyman talks about The Crimes of Grindlelwald […] makes it sound like we might be leaping into a political thriller.
“It’s about the dangers of absolutism and fundamentalism,” says Heyman. “We see that in Grindelwald.” A year on, he’s on the brink of escaping prison and trying to unite the magically powered to crush the merely human. His means to achieving this, unlike those of Potter’s Voldemort, are not just fire and fury. “For me, Grindelwald is a scarier villain,” says Heyman. “He’s very persuasive. One can see the rationale in his arguments — which doesn’t mean his methodology is right.”
He also shares interesting comments on where Newt is at, and how he’ll work with Dumbledore — or should I say, how Dumbledore will work
On the other side are international wizarding governments at odds and in disarray. “Newt is refusing to have anything to do with the Ministry of Magic [after the events of the last film].” Finding Grindelwald’s weak spot is going to need a new agent, in the shape of Dumbledore […] He and Grindelwald have a complicated, romantic history meaning Dumbledore knows him better than anyone and how to use Newt to get close to him. “An important thing to remember about Dumbledore,” says Heyman, “is that he is a master manipulator. He manipulated Harry.” Magic can solve a lot of things, but sometimes it’s no match for a bit of political maneuvering.”
In the same article Empire debuts a new still depicting Newt and his suitcase. The magizoologist is clearly missing his New York flame Tina:
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters this November. A new trailer is expected to debut at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 21.
Editor’s note: Johnny Depp, who co-stars in this film, has been repeatedly accused of acting violently towards others. He allegedly beat his ex-wife Amber Heard (read the accusations by Heard and Depp’s former associates). J.K. Rowling responded to the controversy. In July 2018, Depp was accused of punching a crew member on the set of a film in April 2017. Why are we telling you this?