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‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’s’ fascist themes are everywhere this fall

Back in November 2016, before the premiere of the first installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” spin-off series, J.K. Rowling told press that the story had been influenced by rising populism around the world. Her debut screenplay focused on happy-go-lucky “magizoologist” Newt Scamander scurrying around New York in pursuit or errant creatures, but on the fringes lay dark forces waiting to take center stage — namely evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

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