We left Hogwarts last week, but our deep dive into the Harry Potter-verse isn’t over.
Welcome to week 9 of EW’s Binge podcast, wherein hosts Marc Snetiker and C. Molly Smith have a new task at hand: Diving into the wild, wonderful world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, that nascent film franchise which has blown open J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world by adding another century’s worth of story to the canon.
It’s hard to believe this must be said, but consider this your warning: SPOILERS FOLLOW!
Just like you and your friends spent the entire night discussing the big reveal of Gellert Grindelwald — played by Johnny Depp — this week’s podcast episode goes deep into what the appearance of the Voldemort precursor means. Will Grindelwald’s rise to power mirror what we’ve seen in the films of Voldemort’s own ascension? Will we flash back to his life in Godric’s Hollow, plotting world domination with young Dumbledore? And what of the idea that Dumbledore and Grindelwald may have had not only the most epic duel in wizard history, but one of its most tragic love stories?
Marc and Molly dive into their theories, including those you can bet on (Ariana Dumbledore… total Obscurial?) and those that might take a little more to swallow (Do Newt and Grindelwald have a history involving Newt’s older brother?).
Plus, you can’t binge Fantastic Beasts without talking about the actual fantastic beasts. Learn everything you need to know about Nifflers, Erumpents, Swooping Evils, and Thunderbirds so you can impress all your friends, if that’s something they’re into.
This week’s episode also features a joint sit-down with stars Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston, who play Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein in the half-a-billion-dollar blockbuster. They tease up their nascent relationship, reveal secrets of beast-handling, and cue up the five-film franchise (which they only found out about when J.K. Rowling announced it, too).
For more, subscribe and listen to the podcast. Send your questions and comments on Twitter to @marcsnetiker and @cmollysmith, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. EW’s Binge is produced by EW’s Cristina Everett and edited by Will Malnati of At Will Radio.