Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a 2018 fantasy film directed by David Yates and written by J. K. Rowling. It is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), the second instalment in the Fantastic Beasts film series, and the tenth overall in the Wizarding World franchise. It features an ensemble cast including Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp. Set in 1927, it follows Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore as they attempt to take down the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald while facing new threats in a more divided wizarding world.
A second Fantastic Beasts film was announced in October 2014, and in July 2016 Rowling confirmed she had completed the script. Depp was cast in November 2016, causing some controversy due to domestic violence allegations recently made against him. Law signed on in April 2017. Principal photography began in July 2017 at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, in England. Filming also took place in London, Switzerland, and Paris, and wrapped in December 2017.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald premiered in Paris on 8 November 2018 and was released worldwide on 16 November 2018 in 2D, 3D, 4D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX, and ScreenX formats, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It grossed over $654 million worldwide, making it the tenth highest-grossing film of 2018, but the lowest-grossing instalment of the Wizarding World franchise. It received mixed reviews, with praise for its entertainment value, direction, and performances, but criticism of the "needlessly complicated, low-stakes plot", which some critics felt was "overburdened" with details setting up future sequels.The film was nominated for two awards at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards, in the categories of Best Production Design and Best Special Visual Effects. A sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, is scheduled for release on April 15, 2022.