It looks like Newt and his Fantastic Beasts aren’t the only threats to the American wizarding world.

The true villains of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are still lurking in the shadows, but a new behind-the-scenes featurette from Thursday’s fan event is filled with talk of another dark wizard that threatens war: Gellert Grindelwald.

The video takes us on a trip through history from the time of Harry Potter in London to Prohibition-era New York City. There, we see newspaper headlines warning of Grindelwald attacks in Europe, a convening of the I.C.W. (International Confederation of Wizards) on the matter, and an editorial on whether the U.S. is ready to respond.

“They’re talking about the first time a wizard rose and threatened the world order,” Rowling says.

We’ve heard the name in the Harry Potter books and movies: Grindelwald was one of the most famous dark wizards in history who became obsessed with the Deathly Hallows. (And, it’s worth noting, the Hallows symbol was spotted in the new batch of Fantastic Beasts character posters released earlier this week.) Albus Dumbeldore defeated him in an infamous duel in 1945, and now we’ll get to see more of Grindelwald’s reign of terror.

“He’s going to become a much more prominent part of the stories going forward,” director David Yates said during the fan event. “Any more than that, I really couldn’t say.” Rowling announced four more films in the Fantastic Beasts saga, so there’s plenty of room to explore Grindelwald.


“We don’t really know who’s good and who’s bad until all the chips have fallen,” Miller says.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will hit theaters on Nov. 18.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)
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