The second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, though he’s unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. —sunny skies In 1927, the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) is transferring the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald from their maximum security prison to London to be tried for his crimes in Europe. Grindelwald escapes during the transfer, aided by his follower and MACUSA employee, Abernathy. Three months later in London, Newt Scamander appeals to the Ministry of Magic to restore his revoked international travel rights following his misadventure in New York City. While at the Ministry, Newt runs into Leta Lestrange, an old Hogwarts classmate who is engaged to his brother, Theseus, an Auror in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. The Ministry offers to restore Newt’s travel rights if he assists Theseus in locating the obscurity Credence Barebone, who has resurfaced in Paris. Credence may be Leta’s long-lost brother, Corvus Lestrange, the last of a long line of pure-blood wizards. Grindelwald believes only Credence can kill his equal, Hogwarts Professor Albus Dumbledore. Newt, however, declines, refusing to choose sides, and the Auror Grimmson is dispatched instead.. Gellert Grindelwald has escaped imprisonment and begun gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: elevating wizards above muggles. Grindelwald’s former friend Albus Dumbledore is the only one capable of stopping him, but he needs help from his former student Newt Scamander. —Sean Rawlinson Amid a dark and tempestuous night, the dangerous dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, orchestrates an audacious breakout and escapes MACUSA custody, only a few months after the devastating events that levelled New York in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). Hell-bent on sparking a global movement against the inferior Muggles, the powerful Grindelwald not only tries to assemble more followers but also desperately seeks out a troubled young obscurial who seems to be the key to the ultimate success of his masterful plan. Before this terrible new threat, Hogwarts headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, talks his former student and excellent magizoologist, Newt Scamander, into actively participating in the effort to thwart the sorcerer’s scheme, as Paris becomes more and more a fateful battlefield. Will the evil Grindelwald pay for his crimes?