Fantastic Beasts began as a prequel to the famous Harry Potter cinematic series. While the spin-off series mostly strayed away from wizardry, it was revealed at the end of part 1 that Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald is going to be the villain in the upcoming parts of the series.

Depp came back in the sequel to fill the shoes of the role. However, Depp’s controversial legal battle against Amber Heard on domestic violence led to the removal of the actor from a lot of his projects.

The actor was then replaced by Mads Mikkelsen. Mikkelsen has one of the biggest niche fanbases on social media. He’s majorly known for his performances on Casino Royale as an iconic villain, Hannibal Lector on the NBC show Hannibal, Kaecilius on Doctor Strange and many more.

Mikkelsen has taken on the role and filmed for it last year. However, much of the press surrounding the character was non-existent as none of the images from the set made the public eye.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Grindelwald teaser was recently released by Warner Bros. While it announces the first official trailer for the film next week, it gave fans a brief glimpse at Mikkelsen’s Grindelwald.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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