What you need to know before seeing Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets in theaters

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The third film in the saga Fantastic Beasts arrives in cinemas in France, with a new actor to play the role of Grindelwad.

This is one of the most anticipated releases in the spring of 2022: the third part of the film Fantastic Beasts is here. This opus derived from the Harry Potter saga will be released on April 13, 2022 in France. In this article, you will find everything you need to know before watching Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets.

This article contains spoilers, if you haven’t seen the previous Fantastic Beasts movies, go watch them quickly and come back to read it!

Spoilers! // Source: Warner Bros, Numerama editing

After the rise of Gerald Grindelwad and his wish to wage war against Muggles, what will happen to our wizarding friends at Hogwarts and their allies?

It’s no secret that the American studio Warner, in charge of producing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, encountered a lot of difficulties in making this third installment. Blame it on a global pandemic and the departure of actor Johnny Depp.

The filming of the film, initially planned for 2019 in order to guarantee a late 2020 release, has been delayed. JK Rowling, the novelist and author of the Harry Potter books, first announced that she wanted to rework her screenplay. The president of Warner Bros, Kevin Tsujihara, justifies this expectation by the need to satisfy the fans of the saga, all disappointed by the second opus. The Crimes of Grindelwald.

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What is the film’s place in the Harry Potter universe?

JK Rowling had announced that the film would be set 70 years before the first part of Harry Potter. It is therefore a spin-off of the saga. Originally, “Fantastic Beasts” (in English, Fantastic Beats) is a book that we see in the film, belonging to the famous bespectacled wizard. It was written by Norbert Dragonneau (his name in the French version) who was employed at the Ministry of Magic.

Who is the villain in Fantastic Beasts 3?

Several years before The-Who-Must-Not-Speak-The-Name appeared (but we’ll write it anyway: Voldemort), there was Gellert Grindelwald. This wizard is particularly skilled and cunning, unlike the Dark Lord of the other saga. A true manipulator and calculator, Grindelwald is a dark leader who is only interested in power. He seeks to end the code of magic. He’s the bad guy Fantastic Beasts 3.

Why is it no longer the same actor who embodies the villain?

Johnny Depp was originally supposed to play the role of Grindelwald as in the first two opuses, but in November 2020 he withdrew following statements by his ex-wife Amber Heard and at the request of Warner Bros – the actor having been accused of domestic violence. He was immediately replaced by Mads Mikkelsen, the actor of the series Hannibal.

What you need to know before seeing Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets in theaters
Mads Mikkelsen plays the new villain. // Source: YouTube FilmsActu (modified image)

What happened at the end of the second film?

In the final scenes of the second opus, Credence manages to escape with Grindelwald despite their differences and the events that occurred during the first film. Grindelwald then promises Credence to reveal his true identity to him. He gives her three things: first, a magic wand for practice; then, he makes the true form of the phoenix appear next to him; finally, he reveals to her that he is actually a brother of Albus (Aurelius Dumbledore).

Will there be other films or future projects?

Currently, five Fantastic Beasts films are expected. In line with its predecessor Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts should spawn several films. It was announced that four sequels would be added to the first film released in 2016, and that these would take place between the periods 1926 and 1945, therefore until the end of the feud between Dumbledore and Grindelwald.

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