'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald': Villain has seductive powers too

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A new character trailer of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has surfaced online. The main villain, played by Johnny Depp, is the focus of the video, with cast members and writer JK Rowling sharing some insight into the mind of the character.

What is clear so far about Grindewald is that he is a very powerful, but twisted wizard. In a video that has been posted on YouTube, Rowling teased that the fans will not only get a taste of the true powers of the dark wizard, but they will also get to see his “immense seductive power.”

Depp called his character a manipulative menace to the world. The wizard is convinced that things need to change, and the only way to movie forward is for people with magic to dominate muggles.

Ezra Miller (Credence) explained that the way Grindelwald seeks to win is by rallying all the powerful people into his camp. The villain believes that wizards should no longer live in hiding.

“He justifies everything to himself and makes it appear rational,” Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) said in the video. “In fact at moments, appealing, and that’s how he’s clawing people to his cause.”

Katherine Waterston explained that Grindelwald is a dangerous wizard who has figured out how to use fear as a weapon to control others. The man who has the ability to stop the villain is Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), but he will be sending Newt in his place at first to try and block the villain’s plans.

At the heart of the story is a choice that everyone has to make. Rowling explained that she first wanted the audience to understand the backstory of some of the main characters. To make the audience see the personal struggles, biases, and trauma of these characters. In the middles of these characters is Grindelwald, who has a vision for the future.

Rowling said that each of these characters will evaluate what the villain is saying. While many will reject what Grindelwald has to offer, there will be some who will believe that he has the answer.

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