Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is shaping up to bring its titular character into the spotlight, giving Harry Potter fans a chance to see one of the series’ most formidable villains in action at the height of his power.
Why is the focus on Grindelwald as a villain especially intriguing? In the original books, Voldemort is considered the evilest Dark Wizard of all time. In retrospect, Grindelwald was not crueler than Voldemort. He wasn’t decisively more powerful than Voldemort. Instead, what makes the focus on Grindelwald so exciting is that he was probably more dangerous than Voldemort — a notion that has everything to do with his relationship with an unequivocal good guy: Albus Dumbledore.