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“ – Do you think you can hold me?” – Gellert Grindelwald

2 years
ago, today, (November 18), “Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them”
, the first installment in the “Fantastic
Beasts” series, was released worldwide. The movie premiered in November 10 at Alice Tully Hall in New York and started to be screened one week later in
various countries around the world. In this movie, we have a glimpse of what
it’s now Johnny’s newest character: Gellert Grindelwald, the most dangerous
Dark Wizard of all the times.


* Johnny is the first character to appear in the movie, but we only have a view from his back, followed by newspapers alerting about his dangerousness. Later, a wanted poster is shown in a bar, but with his picture torn. In the end, it takes 1h 49 minutes to finally watch Johnny as Grindelwald. 

* Johnny only speaks 2 lines in this
movie (“Do you think you can hold me?” and
“Will we die just a little?”) and both is a hint for what happens in “Fantastic
Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” 

* This was the first time Johnny played
a wizard character in his career. 

* Johnny’s role was kept in secret even
from the cast. The only thing known at the time was that he would appear in the
movie, but his character was not said. Many people got surprised when he
appeared in the end, and the cast only knew in the post-production. 

* This is Johnny second movie with a
longer franchise after the five movies of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. And the
third with a sequel, after the two Alice’s movie and also Pirates of the
Caribbean. Fantastic Beasts was originally intended to be a trilogy, now is set
to be a franchise with 5 movies, but it’s unknown in how many of them will
Johnny be present. 

“- Do you think you can hold me?” 

Happy third anniversary for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”!
The first installment in the “Fantastic Beasts” series, and Johnny’s debut as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was released on this day, (November 18), worldwide! 

Behind the Scenes: Johnny while filming the Grindelwald’s Escape.

(November 16), we celebrated the first anniversary of the release of “Fantastic
Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald”
, so let’s keep talking about one of the breathtaking scenes: “The
Grindelwald’s Escape and the Thestral Chase”
These scenes are considered one of the most
challenging sequences on “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” because, as the SFX Supervisor, Christian Manz, says, the sequence happens at night
between lighting, rain, wind and a lot of action between the actors and those who help to move the actors on the brooms.
It took 5 months for the sequences to be finished, since the development of
ideas, storyboard and later, weeks of filming in a Chroma key green studio with the
visit of J.K. Rowling, David Yates and the producers. 
Johnny did all of his scenes fantastically, although being pelted by water and wind, while attached to
suspended wires to film his scenes as well protect him from falling.

Tomorrow, is the third anniversary of the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, so let’s keep talking about Grindelwald too.

Ps. The scenes
above were taken from my Blu-ray Edition of the movie and the book “Lights, Camera, Magic!:
The Making of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, which I already posted some photos, but I’ll re-post them.

“ – Join me… Or die…” – Gellert Grindelwald


One year ago, today (November 16), the second installment of “Fantastic Beasts” film series, named “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” was released worldwide. The movie was first planned to have its world premiere held in New York, but for unknown reasons, the original dates had to be changed. The premiere happened in November 8, in Paris, with the main cast attending. Johnny only attended the second premiere, held in London in November 14. The last premiere, instead of New York, was held in Tokyo in November 21.

In this movie, Johnny reprised his role as the most powerful dark wizard of all the times: Gellert Grindelwald.

> SynopsisAt the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, 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.

> Curiosities:

* This movie marks the 13th collaboration between Johnny and the costume designer, Colleen Atwood, over the last 30 years.

* Due to Amber Heard’s Hoax, many people wanted J.K. Rowling to replace Johnny, but neither the writter, the directors or the producers did it. Instead, they defended Johnny, who also confessed had felt bad for bringing such trouble for their side. J.K. Rowling, who also suffered with domestic abuse, is also one of the few people to had seen evidence documents of  his innocence. On twitter and on her own site she openly defended him saying: “Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.

* Due to their different scedules, out the main cast, Johnny only didn’t film with Jude Law. The mirror scene was filmed separated.

* Due to his busy schedule, Johnny’s biggest promotion for the movie was appearing by surprise during the San Diego’ 2018 Comic Con, in June 21, fully dressed as Grindelwald and reciting an alternate speech from the original in the movie.

* It took 5 months for the “Grindelwald’s Escape” and the “Thestral Chase” sequences to be finished, since the devolepment of ideas, storyboard and later weeks of filming in a chroma key studio. Johnny did all of his scenes while attached to suspended wires while being hit by water and wind. Another difficult part was the &Grindelwald’s speech&, which took almost one month to be completely filmed with more than 500 extras and dozen of reheasals.

* Talking about reheasals, Grindelwald and Leta’s scene at the amphitheater was filmed in at least 4 different ways. All of them, the only difference was Grindelwald’s tone of speech.

* Grindelwald’ blue spell, “Protego Diabolica” is only spoken on the official script. It’s unknown if Johnny pronoucing the spell was filmed, neither why it was cut from the final release.

* At least four scenes featuring Grindelwald weren’t released. One seems to be him in his hideout, two scenes with Queenie, one during the first meeting with Queenie and other ar the Numengard garden, and one seen during a rehearsal while interacting with a follower at the anphitheater.

* Johnny said he was surprised  amd honored for J.K. Rowling giving him full freedom to build the character. They used to talked for hours, and although most of the writters doesn’t like to change their characters, she never dictated how Grindelwald should be, and was always open for his ideas which made her curious about how he was going to build the character. Colleen Atwood also revealed that they used to listen to Marylin Manson’s songs to get some inspiration as they talked about Grindelwald’s german roots. Johnny and Colleen  also researched about the 30’s fashion to choose the closest fabrics for Grindelwald’s suit.

* Grindelwald’s look, hair style and the two different eyes colours were all Johnny’s choice aproved by the filmmakers. Even the beginning was also Johnny’s choice  to look on rags, so Colleen did his clothes made of fabric inspired on the Japanese firemen. On the original concept art, Grindelwald kept his short hair, and no beard but was shirtless while on his cell.

* Johnny and the whole cast is expected to reprise their roles on the upcoming third movie. Filming is set to start next year.

Ps. There are some other curiosities to talk about, but my computer, unfortunately, is on maintenace again, so I won’t be able to post some behind the scenes videos or photos from Johnny as Grindelwald. As soon as I can, I’ll be posting and updating some LQ for HQ photos too.

One year ago, on this day, November 13, Johnny attended the “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” UK premiere at Leicester Square in London… And he was GORGEOUS as always. ♥


Johnny and Jude Law, last year on this day (November 13) sharing the best moments during the “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, UK Premiere in London.

Can’t wait to see what is planned for Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore up next!

“Taking the role of Gellert Grindelwald, please welcome, JOHNNY DEPP!!!”

One year ago, today, November 13, Johnny attended the “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” UK
premiere at Leicester Square in London! 
Oh man… WHAT A DAY!


I love Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald !!

Halloween season has arrived!!! 🎃 👻

I was seeing some memes around about the “September 30th x October 1st” where people post a normal-looking photo to represent “September 30th” and a photo of the same person looking much more Halloween-themed to represent “October 1st” and the beginning of this spooky month.
So, I decided to make the Johnny’s version!
All the photos were taken during the filming days, or pretty close days, of each movie, less the Grindelwald one, which are photos of the same day!!!

Countdown to Halloween: 30 DAYS!

One year ago, today (September 25) the final trailer of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” was released.


Today, September 1, is celebrated by fans of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts worldwide, the day that the Hogwarts’ students return to school.
Grindelwald was not a Hogwarts student, but what if he invaded the castle to make a surprise to his old friend?…
Or is it  just one of the Dumbledore’s deepest, most desperate desire, while he sees the Mirror of Erised?

Well, this is my special post to celebrate this special day:
Gellert Grindelwald x Albus Dumbledore: The Meeting