Los Angeles - Albus Dumbeldore is a young professor at Hogwarts School; the charismatic but evil Gellert Grindelwald is determined to manipulate the world for his own ends; and Newt Scamander, with his magical suitcase of strange creatures, is trying to stop him.
The wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling returns to the big screen this week with "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," and its dark themes are grounded firmly in the real world.
Set in 1927, some 70 years before Rowling's best-selling "Harry Potter" books and movies, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is the second in a spinoff movie series that explores the fight between good and evil, and between tolerance and acceptance.
"The thing that has always been extraordinary about (Rowling's) work is people relate to aspects of it, whether it is specific character traits or vulnerabilities or a political climate," said Eddie Redmayne, who plays Scamander.
"Yet she shrouds it in this world that is so magical and sort of wonderful that you don't feel like you're being hit by it until you start thinking about it afterwards," the actor told Reuters Television.