This intrepid Magizoologist and author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been on quite the adventure in the last two films, which only seems set to continue. Though he has always been at his happiest when surrounded by his magical menagerie, he has witnessed first-hand the terrible consequences of Grindelwald’s rise to power and knows he can no longer stay on the side lines. Recognising his abilities, Albus Dumbledore has chosen this Hufflepuff to lead a group of witches, wizards and Muggle to help enact his plan to bring Grindelwald down – which we know will be no easy task.
This Hogwarts professor is the brains behind the plot to bring down his former friend, and Dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. As arguably the most powerful wizard within the magical world, many regard him as the only person capable of putting a stop to Grindelwald’s plan for war. However, due to a blood troth made by the pair when they were younger, Dumbledore is unable to move against him. Therefore, he’s had to form a trusted group, led by Newt Scamander, to put his plan of stopping Grindelwald into action. Although, at the end of the previous film the vial containing the troth was stolen from Grindelwald – thanks to Teddy the Niffler! So, we wonder whether Dumbledore will now be able to destroy it and be able to personally help halt the destruction of both the wizarding and non-magical worlds.
This cruel, yet charismatic, Dark wizard has emerged from the shadows and is putting his plan to seize control of the wizarding world into action. He has managed to gain quite the following and has persuaded many that wizards should rule over Muggles for ‘The Greater Good’. Totally convinced of his power (and in possession of the Elder Wand), he believes that nobody is powerful enough to stop him – not even Albus Dumbledore.
Queenie shocked us all at the end of Crimes of Grindelwald when she appeared to join Grindelwald’s cause. However, it was due to her desperation and love for Muggle Jacob Kowalski – who she would not be allowed to be with under American wizarding law – which drove her to make such dramatic move. Misunderstanding Grindelwald’s vision for the world, she believed this was the only way they could be together. Now, at Grindelwald’s side, he is exploiting her ability to read minds (due to being a Legilimens) for his own ends. We wonder how long Queenie will allow her powers to be used and whether she will manage to find her way back to Jacob.
Flung into the chaos of the wizarding world, this Muggle baker seemed to take everything in his stride. Yet, Queenie’s decision to join Grindelwald broke his heart, upended his entire world and stopped him from finding joy in things – including his beloved bakery. When asked to venture back into the magical world, he is reluctant. However, his love for Queenie and desire to be reunited with her is stronger than his wish to sit things out. Jacob has become part of the team tasked with putting an end to Grindelwald’s rise to power. And this time he has even been given a special gift by Dumbledore – his very own wand!
Aberforth is the younger brother of Albus Dumbledore and owner of The Hog’s Head Inn in Hogsmeade. He clearly has quite a lot of resentment towards his brother, as well as Grindelwald, which is mainly due to the death of his and Albus’ little sister, Ariana. However, despite his anger towards his older sibling, he is still willing to let Dumbledore and his companions use his pub for secret meetings. We guess his hatred of Grindelwald outstrips any animosity he holds towards Albus.
We first met Newt’s loyal assistant in Crimes of Grindelwald, and we’re set to see more of her in this next bit of the story. Bunty might be used to helping Newt manage his magical menagerie (especially when it comes to wrangling those naughty baby Nifflers) but Dumbledore has a brand-new assignment for her. And it seems as though even Newt might not be privy to exactly what it is…
We first met Yusuf in Paris during the second Fantastic Beasts film and know that he is part of the group which Dumbledore has assembled. His motivations for bringing down Grindelwald are highly personal. Yusuf blames the Dark wizard for the tragic fate of his half-sister, Leta Lestrange, who’s death he witnessed at Grindelwald’s rally.
We briefly saw Lally Hicks in Crimes of Grindelwald, but in this film she’s set to take a bigger role. As the Charms professor at Ilvermorny there is no doubt that she is a talented witch. She is also a friend of Albus Dumbledore and an admirer of Newt Scamander’s work. In fact, they have been corresponding since he released his book – though this is the first time they have met. As someone who is resourceful, gifted and unafraid to speak her mind, it is no wonder that Albus Dumbledore has picked her to be involved in the operation to defeat Grindelwald.
Theseus is the Head of the Auror office in Britain and also happens to be the older brother of Newt Scamander, who he has always worried about (especially when he gets in trouble with the Ministry of Magic). He is also a member Dumbledore’s new group. At the end of the last film, he witnessed his fiancée, Leta, be engulfed by Grindelwald’s flames – so we can imagine that has added another dimension to his desire to stop the Dark wizard. As part of Dumbledore’s team, he is also set to see a new side of his brother, who has gone from keeping to himself while caring for his beasts, to a leader who is willing to pick a side. Theseus is proud to follow his brother in the fight against Grindelwald’s tyranny.
At the end of the last film, Grindelwald gave Credence a wand to channel his magic and revealed that he is actually Aurelius Dumbledore. However, do we trust this Dark wizard to be telling the truth? We know that he wants to keep Credence close and has been grooming him for a special mission – and Credence appears to be happy to be one of Grindelwald’s acolytes. However, he is still in danger, as the magical force known as an Obscurus remains a part of him – which not only threatens his life but those around him too.