‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ — Meet the New Characters

Lawrence Yee
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A new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald dropped at Comic-Con, introducing a number of new characters, some of whom have familiar surnames to Harry Potter fans.

Of course, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is back, along with sisters Tina and Queenie Goldstein (Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol), baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), and troubled Credence Barebone (Ezra Klein).

Johnny Depp reprises his role as the titular Gellert Grindelwald, who posed as the head of MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) in the first film before being captured by his own agency.

Here are the new faces in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Albus Dumbledore

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Gridelwald Gellert Grindelwald Albus Dumbledore Jude Law

Of course, fans already know that Jude Law will portray a young Albus Dumbledore, who had a relationship with Grindelwald as a teen before tragedy struck, causing friends to become foes.

“I can’t move against Grindelwald,” he instructs Newt. “It has to be you.”

Theseus Scamander

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald Theseus Scamander Newt Scamander

Theseus is Newt’s older brother. He’s a celebrated war hero and the Head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic. He’s played by Callum Turner.

Leta Lestrange

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Gridelwald Leta Lestrange Zoe Kravitz

Leta is Theseus’ fiancee but previously had a relationship with Newt. She may cause a rift between the Scamander brothers. She is a Lestrange, the family of purebloods famous for their mastery of the Dark Arts. Leta is played by Zoe Kravitz.


Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald Maledictus

Maledictus is the carrier of a blood curse that destines her to ultimately transform into a beast. She has a connection with Credence, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film. She is also the main attraction of a wizarding circus and freakshow headed by Skender. Maledictus is played by Claudia Kim.

Nicolas Flamel

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Gridelwald Nicolas Flamel

Brontis Jodorowsky portrays Nicolas Flamel, a French scribe and alchemist who reportedly discovered the Philosopher’s Stone and gained immortality. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he is a real historical figure and was mentioned in the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Nicholas befriends Jacob in the film.

Yusuf Kama

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald Yusuf Kama

Very little is known about Yusuf Kama other than he is a wizard. Fans will learn more about this mysterious character when the film airs in November.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens on November 16 in the U.S. and U.K.

Lawrence Yee
Lawrence is Editor in Chief of FANDOM. He grew up loving X-Men, Transformers, and Japanese-style role playing games like Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. First-person shooters make him incredibly nauseous.