With the release of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, renowned author and screenwriter J. K. Rowling has once again set in motion the magical world of Witchcraft and Wizardry, inciting a very similar feeling of nostalgia, excitement, thrill and plot mysteries. Being the sequel of ‘Fantastic Beast and Where to find them’, the movie picks up from where it left off, following the main lead, Newt Scamander, also throwing light on a young Albus Dumbledore, his rival match Gellert Grindelwald, and the divided world of wizards and witches before the Dark Lord. SPOILERS AHEAD!
Gellert Grindelwald has been captured by Magical Congress of the United States of America, aka, the MACUSA, and is held in their prison under exceptional security. However, in 1927, he is to be shifted to British Ministry of Magic to answer for his crimes. As pointed out by Minister of Magic, Madam Picquery, Grindelwald is very persuasive, and we see this power of his many times in the movie. He is taken to a special type of cab which is run by Pegasus’s. Soon after the cab flies off, Abernathy, an employee is shown to possess the Elder Wand, and he teleports himself beneath the flying cargo. In a few minutes, he is revealed to be, in fact, Grindelwald, who used his persuasive power to lure Abernathy to follow him, free him, and take his place in the cargo. Grindelwald kills everyone meant to guard him, except one, who he leaves alive in a dramatic demonstration of his power, and escapes.
Three months later, Newt Scamander is waiting outside the British Ministry of Magic to restore his rights to travel abroad after he lost it due to the events of New York when he is greeted by Leta Lestrange, a friend from Hogwarts, and Newt’s brother, Theseus, who works as an Auror in the Ministry. Leta and Theseus are engaged to each other. Both assure Newt that if he behaves, he will be granted the permission. However, Newt is given a condition. Newt is asked to work for the Ministry along with his brother to locate Credence Barebone, who was revealed to be an Obscurial. He has been known to have survived and is in Paris. There has also been a rumour around that Credence is the last survivor of a long pure-line of wizards.
Another reason for him to be brought in is that Grindelwald wants to use him to kill his one equal rival; a man who is the biggest threat to him and his cause, Albus Dumbledore. He somehow couldn’t do it himself. For Newt, this means that he will have to choose a side, either with or against Grindelwald. He denies the offer and leaves after another Auror, Grimmson is asked to carry out the job. Outside, Theseus tells Newt that the time to choose a side is coming and that the Ministry is watching him.