Post December 30th, 2017, 6:49 am

USA Today 12-28-17

The dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (left, Johnny Depp) is recruiting followers like the mysterious Rosier (Poppy Corby-Tuech) for his nefarious plans in 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.' (Photo: Jaap Buitendijk)

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' (Nov. 16)
The first Beasts introduced magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) into the Harry Potter movie universe, and the action shifts from 1920s New York to Europe in his next adventure, which debuts Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore. Decades before the wizard will help Harry, Dumbledore is a teacher at Hogwarts who “refuses to conform to the status quo” and is “passionate, mischievous and an inspiration” to his young students, says director David Yates. “Dumbledore sees Newt as a kindred spirit, an outsider, who is misunderstood. They recognize each other’s strengths and vulnerabilities.” The heroes face a formidable foe in the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), whose dangerous ideology involves "suppressing all non-magical beings, whom he views as inferior to wizards," Yates says. “He's a charismatic figure who uses his undeniable appeal to inspire others to blindly follow his cause.”