25 Facts About "Fantastic Beasts 2" Every Harry Potter Fan Needs to Know

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25 Facts About "Fantastic Beasts 2" Every Harry Potter Fan Needs to Know Warner Bros

Fantastic Beasts: The Crime of Grindelwald is the next pre-Harry Potter installment in Warner Bros' Wizarding World saga. Since the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016, fans the world over have been speculating where the story would lead next—and what connections it would make to the Boy Who Lived and his classmates at Hogwarts. (Not to mention if it would tie to the birth of Tim Riddle, a.k.a. the future Lord Voldemort.)

In the first Fantastic Beasts, young Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) infiltrated the secret wizarding community of New York City in what was supposed to be a brief layover on his mission to document magical creatures. But a few of the titular "beasts" got loose and wreaked havoc on the Big Apple, revealing a dark conspiracy along the way. With the help of Muggle (or "No-Maj" as the Americans call non-magic users) Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), half-blood witch Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and her vivacious sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), Newt catches the uncanny critters and reveals that Director of Magical Security Percival Graves (Colin Farrell( is really the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).

The Crimes of Grindelwald picks up right where the first film left off, with Newt continuing his global quest for arcane animals. This time he visits Paris, where evil is lurking in the shadows: Grindelwald has escaped custody (again) and is gathering followers to achieve his goal of making pure-blood wizards and witches dominate Earth's non-magical beings.

The sequel also reveals more about Newt's background—including how (and why) he got kicked out of Hogwarts—and introduces us to new characters, like the mysterious Leta Lestrange; French-African spellcaster Yusuf Kama; Newt's brother, Theseus; and a certain young wizard by the name of Albus Dumbledore.

Slide through to learn some fantastic facts about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Warning—there be spoilers ahead!

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The Crimes of Grindelwald picks up right where Fantastic Beasts left off.

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The sequel starts a few months after the conclusion of the first film, at the height of the Roaring 1920s.

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The return of Hogwarts

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them only mentioned Hogwarts in passing. This time moviegoers are taken to the legendary School of Witchcraft and Wizardry itself. “Going back to Hogwarts is a very important function of this story,” director David Yates told Pottermore.com. “Because we were introducing Dumbledore, it felt right to bring that world back into this one.”

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The Crimes of Grindelwald set was so top secret, code names were used for characters.

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The costume department used “Good Guy” for Newt, “Very Good Guy” for Dumbledore and “Turner” for Tina Goldstein (in honor of Tina Turner). “It's so funny because you get sent these scenes and all the characters' names are changed,” Eddie Redmayne told Pottermore.

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Credence Barebone joins a circus sideshow.

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“It's interesting because we heard in Credence's narrative in the first film, the derogatory term ‘freak' thrown at him,” actor Ezra Miller told Pottermore. “I find it really interesting that we find him here at a sideshow, in a freak show as they were known.”