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Crimes of Grindelwald: Newt is the David Hasselhoff of the Wizarding World in sequel

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Oct 15, 2018, 1:44 PM EDT

We're about a month away from the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, but there are still tidbits to be learned about the Wizarding World sequel.

Speaking to Empire Magazine for the publication's November issue, Katherine Waterston (MACUSA Auror and Newt's love interest Porpentina Goldstein) said that Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is like David Hasselhoff in the sequel. That's because the magical zoologist has published his bestselling textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

"He's not world famous," Waterston said. "He's basically famous like when a singer is huge in Germany. He's the David Hasselhoff of wizards."

Empire also interviewed director David Yates, who broke down the main difference between Gellert Grindelwald (the primary Fantastic Beasts antagonist played by Johnny Depp) and Lord Voldemort (played by Ralph Fiennes in the Harry Potter films) and, proving that not all dark wizards are created equal. 

"Grindelwald as a villain is quite unlike Voldemort," he said. "Voldemort was basically a thug. If you disagreed with him, he'd just kill you on the spot. The scary thing about Grindelwald is that if you disagree with him, within five minutes he'll have you agreeing with him...He's incredibly charming and convincing."

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Grindelwald, writes Empire, "is am enthusiastic subscriber to fake news," although Yates insisted that any political allegories are meant to be more timeless than immediately current. 

Those of us who have read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, however, know that Grindelwald was not always that forigiving to his dissidents. In fact, he built an entire fortress, Nurmengard, which held his enemies like a wizarding version of a concentration camp. His slogan "For The Greater Good" was carved over the prison's entrance, a chilling reference to the words "Arbeit macht frei" ("work sets you free") posted over the entrance to Auschwitz during the Holocaust. 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald casts a spell on moviegoers Nov. 16.