FILE - In this July 21, 2018 file photo, Johnny Depp appears in character as Gellert Grindelwald at the Warner Bros. Theatrical panel for "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego. Depp's charismatic leader at the center of the new "Fantastic Beasts" sequel isn't modeled on President Donald Trump. But the stars of "Crimes of Grindelwald," which J.K. Rowling was writing during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, say there are some similarities. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

'Fantastic Beasts' stars: Grindelwald isn't Trump, exactly

November 03, 2018 - 6:24 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Depp's charismatic leader at the center of the new "Fantastic Beasts" sequel isn't modeled on President Donald Trump.

But the stars of "Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald," a film J.K. Rowling finished writing a few months before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, say there are some similarities.

The film is set in the "Harry Potter" universe and finds Depp's character, Gellert Grindelwald, seeking to gain power and divide "pureblood" wizards from humans in 1920s Paris.

Callum Turner plays the older brother of Eddie Redmayne's main character. He says the movie shines a light on leaders both past and present. Turner says the film is about how people can be drawn in by leaders with a seductive message.

Katherine Waterston plays a magical law enforcement agent. She says Grindelwald is far more "subtle" than the blunt president.

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