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Fantastic Beasts: Gellert Grindelwald is the new Voldemort in new TV spot

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Jaap Buitendijk

Gellert Grindelwald is the first “He Who Must Not Be Named” of the wizarding world. The latest TV spot released Saturday for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s cinematic Harry Potter prequel, warns of the dark wizard without saying his name. 

“Before Voldemort, there was another threat to the wizarding world,” the caption on Facebook reads. In the footage itself, Colin Farrell’s character, the Auror Percival Graves, warns, “Time is running out. The man I warned you about is getting closer. We’ve lived in the shadows for too long. I refuse to bow down any longer.” 

In the Harry Potter books, Grindelwald was considered the most powerful dark wizard in history before Voldemort came along. With four more movie sequels on the way after Fantastic Beasts, director David Yates confirmed Grindelwald is “going to become a much more prominent part of the stories going forward,” during the film’s international fan event. “Any more than that, I really couldn’t say.”

Rowling also teased the character’s involvement in a featurette, saying, “They’re talking about the first time a wizard rose and threatened the world order.”

Watch the new spot below. 

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Johnny Depp was recently revealed to have a role in the franchise beginning with a cameo appearance in Fantastic Beasts. While Warner Bros. hasn’t officially announced his character, various reports and fan speculations suggest he may portray Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theaters on Nov. 18.