As soon as the opening scene begins, we already recognize spells and creatures from the Harry Potter universe. The stagecoach responsible for transporting Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) is thus pulled by Thestrals, only visible to those who have seen and felt death, as Luna Lovegood explains in The Order of the Phoenix. The main villain of the plot also takes on the appearance of another wizard, which is a classic move in the universe of the bespectacled wizard.
2. Avada Kedavra
From the beginning of the film, we see several crimes being committed by Gellert Grindelwald and his henchmen. No need to quote the spell, as it is known to all: a simple green light is enough to make the spectators understand that they are casting “Avada Kedavra”.
3. The elderberry baguette
Speaking of death spells: if Grindelwald is so powerful, it’s also because he already holds one of the three Deathly Hallows, the Elder Wand. We know that Dumbledore will eventually possess it, but it will only be after their famous duel, in 1945 (18 years after the action of this film).
4. The Ministry of Magic
With its black walls, its giant fountain and its crazy lifts, the British Ministry of Magic is instantly recognizable. Long before it welcomed Arthur Weasley or Rufus Scrimgeour, it was the workplace of Thésée Dragonneau (Callum Turner), Norbert’s brother. The latter must also report to Aurors, after having caused disasters in New York by going in search of fantastic creatures.
5. House Elves
As the film is set in 1927, long before the House-elf revolution (evoked in the Goblet of Fire book, but which was cut from the film’s plot), we see a few of them in the film, charged cleaning up the Ministries of Magic, for example. An obvious reference to Harry Potter, where the first important Elf in history, Dobby, arrived in episode 2!
6. Fantastic Beasts
We tend to forget them, as the action of these prequels is dense, but the starting point of this new saga is to follow Norbert (Eddie Redmayne) collecting, raising and studying magical creatures. His suitcase still contains new species in this sequel, including a sea animal reminiscent of the aquatic sequences of The Goblet of Fire. We also know a little more about Pickett, whose origin is linked to Hogwarts, and about the Nifflers, small critters attracted by valuables: mentioned for the first time in Harry Potter 4, they were important in the first part adventures of Dragonneau, and had babies in this sequel.
To get to Paris, Norbert and the muggle Jacob (Dan Fogler) must travel clandestinely because of the setbacks of the Magizoologist. The wizard then pays a man to be able to use his portkey, in the form of a bucket (not a Goblet of Fire, like in you know what movie). A first for his baker friend, who seems to be struggling to recover!
8. Nicholas Flamel
Among the nice details that connect the two sagas, we finally discover in flesh and bone (which crack) Nicolas Flamel, mentioned from the beginning of Harry Potter, since his teachings are studied at Hogwarts. As the heroes continue their adventures in Paris, they come across the famous alchemist, who is played by Brontis Jodorowsky. He’s already a few hundred years old, and he hides a coveted object in his closet: the philosopher’s stone! It is she who gives her original name to the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The circle is complete ? Probably not quite, since the character could well return in the sequels.
9. Return to Hogwarts
One of the biggest nods to Harry Potter in this Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel is doing some scenes at Hogwarts, Britain’s school of wizardry. We learn in particular that in his youth, Jude Law was a professor of defense against the dark arts, an element that had never been revealed during Harry Potter. He thus teaches one of the spells well known to fans, “Riddikulus”, responsible for fighting the Boggarts. We also see several classrooms, the large hall, schoolchildren running in the corridors or playing Quidditch. Sequences full of nostalgia for Harry Potter fans!
10. Albus Dumbledore in front of the Mirror of Rised
Shown to Harry from the first episode, The School of Sorcerers, the Rised Mirror is back for a scene that helps to better understand the relationship between Albus Dumbledore (now played by Jude Law) and Gellert Grindelwald. The future director of Hogwarts sees his former friend there, when they were younger and admired each other. It is also interesting that David Yates called on Jamie Campbell Bower again during this scene, since he was already playing Gellert as a teenager in The Deathly Hallows.
It’s a spoiler element, but which was nevertheless at the heart of the promotion: the young girl played by Claudia Kim, who becomes close to Croyance (Ezra Miller), is a Maledictus: she is doomed to gradually turn into a snake . Not just any snake, since it is Nagini, the future faithful associate of Voldemort.
12. McGonagall as a young teacher
In the corridors of Hogwarts, Dumbledore challenges a certain McGonagall. Is it Minerva, the future director of the place or one of her ancestors? For the moment, it is not very clear. In any case, she is played by Fiona Glascott, a 35-year-old Irish actress, who could well reappear in the sequels.
13. Leta Lestrange and her family tree
A nod to that of the Blacks, Leta Lestrange’s family tree only represents men, women being illustrated by flowers. Seen in a photo in Fantastic Beasts, the young girl played by Zoe Kravitz gains in importance in this sequel. We understand that she was close to Norbert Dragonneau, but that she finally got engaged to her brother, Thésée. We also discover his heavy family secret. Speaking of which, we know that she is the great aunt by marriage of Bellatrix Lestrange, the hated cousin of Sirius Black, who will support Voldemort thereafter.
14. The Unbreakable Oath between Albus and Gellert
In the trailer, Dumbledore asks Scamander to go to Paris to try to stop Grindelwald, explaining that he himself cannot go against his former friend. We understand during the plot that they made a pact, a kind of inviolable oath (like Snape and Malfoy’s mother in Harry Potter), but stronger: they mixed their blood, and Gellert still keeps on him the proof of this link, in the form of a jewel.
15. The Phoenix and Dumbledore’s Family Secrets
During the end scene, which reveals the true identity of Credence, we glimpse a Phoenix, the famous totem animal of the Dumbledore family. Is it Fawkes, whom we saw for the first time in The Chamber of Secrets?
If Credence/Aurelius is indeed Albus’ brother, the presence of the bird which rises from its ashes in 1927 seems justified. This secret could also explain why the young man develops an Obscurus like their sister Ariana, who died at only 14 years old, who was no longer supposed to use magic after being attacked by muggles as a child. This twist being revealed at the very end of the film, we will certainly know more in the sequels.
Notice to fans, this sequel makes more reference to JK Rowling’s original saga.
Warning, spoilers! If you haven’t seen The Crimes of Grindelwald, it is better to read this article AFTER the broadcast of the film on TF1, this Sunday. When in doubt, we’ve ranked items from least spoiler to most spoiler. If you don’t want to know anything more than what is shown in the various trailers, stop at Nagini’s photo.
5 questions about the ending of Fantastic Beasts 2
On the occasion of the cinema release of Fantastic Beasts 2end of 2018, First looked at the many links made between this episode and the main saga, Harry Potter. We share this slideshow just before the first broadcast of the blockbuster in the clear on television, scheduled precisely at the time of the release of his sequel, Dumbledore’s Secrets, At the movie theater. A sequel that no longer worn by Johnny Depp in Gellert Grindelwald, since he was fired by Warner Bros and replaced by Mads Mikkelsen during production.
Jude Law – Fantastic Beasts 3: “This is not the final form of Dumbledore”