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Your essential guide to the Fantastic Beasts universe


Magical sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is out now in Cineworld, continuing the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander.

It's the follow-up to 2016 hit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in which author-screenwriter J.K. Rowling took us back to the pre-Harry Potter years. In anticipation of the film's arrival on 16th November, we're recapping the essential characters and locations for all you no-majs out there.

The Fantastic Beasts story so far...

Need to get up to speed? Help is at hand as we run down the events of Newt's first blockbuster adventure.

Click here to recap the storyline of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Newt Scamander

Our boyish, wizardly guide to all the fantastical fauna conjured up by the extraordinary mind of J.K. Rowling.

Click here for the lowdown on Newt Scamander.

Leta Lestrange

She's the mysterious figure lurking in Newt's past, and has an important role to play in The Crimes of Grindelwald. But who exactly is Leta?

Click here for everything you need to know about Leta Lestrange.

Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange in Fantastic Beasts 2

Theseus Scamander

He's Newt's mysterious older brother and is engaged to Leta Lestrange. He and Newt also don't get on particularly well...

Click here to find out more about Theseus Scamander.

Albus Dumbledore

Until now, we've known him as the elderly, kindly, if secretive Hogwarts headmaster from the Harry Potter movies. But The Crimes of Grindelwald takes us back to Dumbledore's early years, as played by a sprightlier Jude Law, and his burgeoning friendship with Newt Scamander.

Find out more about Albus Dumbledore.

Gellert Grindelwald

Johnny Depp's villainous dark wizard wants to instigate a war between wizards and muggles – but who is he exactly?

Click here to find out more about Gellert Grindelwald.


Familiar as the terrifying snake from the Harry Potter movies, Nagini makes a very different kind of appearance in The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Click here to find out more about Nagini.

Claudia Kim as Nagini in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The Harry Potter connections with Fantastic Beasts

The Crimes of Grindelwald forges some important connections with the later Harry Potter movies...

Find out how Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts connect.

Newt Scamander's allies and enemies in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Who's fighting for and against the wizarding world in the Fantastic Beasts sequel? And who can Newt trust?

Read our guide to the allies and enemies in Fantastic Beasts 2.

Watch the Fantastic Beasts 2 premiere highlights at Cineworld Leicester Square

Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, J.K. Rowling and more turned out to celebrate the opening of the new Fantastic Beasts movie.

Watch the Fantastic Beasts 2 premiere highlights.

What next for Fantastic Beasts? The Crimes of Grindelwald questions we want answering

The latest Fantastic Beasts movie left us with a lot of questions, and we've rounded up a few of them.

Find out the Fantastic Beasts questions we want answering.

Click here to book your tickets for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, out now in Cineworld. Tweet us @Cineworld with your reactions to Newt Scamander's latest adventure.

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