Fantastic Beasts: Mads Mikkelsen Is A Better Grindelwald Than Johnny Depp

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The second trailer of the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movie is out. In the trailer, Mads Mikkelsen has been introduced as the new Gellert Grindelwald. He replaced Johnny Depp, who was revealed to be Grindelwald. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the third movie of the Fantastic Beasts franchise.


The Fantastic Beasts franchise is a prequel to the all-time favorite Harry Potter franchise. It is set many many years before the events that took place in the Harry Potter movies. The first movie of the franchise was based on the J.K. Rowling 2001 guidebook named Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The success of the film made way for two sequels The Crimes of Grindelwald and the upcoming The Secrets of Dumbledore.

The new Fantastic Beasts movie has a new Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts movies are based on the journey of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a magizoologist. In the franchise, Grindelwald is shown as an evil wizard who wants to start a war against the muggles. At the end of The Crimes of Grindelwald, Johnny Depp was revealed to be the face of Gellert Grindelwald but now he has been replaced. Mads Mikkelsen is the new Grindelwald.

Mads Mikkelson is the new Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3
Mads Mikkelsen is the new Grindelwald

In the upcoming film, Dumbledore, Scamander and the group will face the army of Grindelwald. And all this would lead to the Wizarding World’s involvement in World War II. Due to the issues going on in Johnny Depp‘s personal life, the studio decided to recast. While not much has been shown of Mads Mikkelsen in the trailer. But based on his footage on the trailer it is conclusive that he is going to be a better Grindelwald.

Mads Mikkelsen is a better Grindelwald than Johnny Depp

Johhny Depp played Grindelwald before in Fantastic Beasts
Johhny Depp played Grindelwald before

According to the story of Fantastic Beasts, Grindelwald is the darkest wizard. Before Lord Voldemort. The evil wizard wanted to bring a revolution by taking down the International Statute of Secrecy. And create a world order where the wizards dominated muggles. In fact, the was the worst wizard of his time. And in the trailer, we see a short clip of Mikkelsen’s performance. Judging by what we saw it can be said that his version of Grindelwald can be expected to be better. Also, many fans were not even fans of Johnny Depp’s performance as Grindelwald.

Mads Mikkelson's look as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3
Mads Mikkelsen’s look as Grindelwald

Now, with Mikkelsen giving a new look to the character, fans are hopeful to see a better Grindelwald. Though much cannot be concluded from the trailer, and only by watching the full movie can we really judge. But the new look of Grindelwald is definitely better. And, Grindelwald is a complex character, so the fans are excited to see what he would bring to the table.


Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore main cast and release date

Warner Brothers have announced the release date of the Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. The movie will make its grand release in China on April 8. And will release in The United States and other countries on April 15. The movie will be focusing on the past of our favorite Hogwartz headmaster, Dumbledore.

Fantastic Beasts 3 will release soon
Fantastic Beasts 3 will release on April 15.

In the movie, we will see Jude Law as Dumbledore and Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. The cast also includes Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Katherine Waterston, Richard Coyle, and Mads Mikkelsen. Two more Fantastic Beasts movies are in development.

Related: Glaring Flaws In Fantastic Beasts Movies That Prove Potterheads Want It To Die


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