fantastic worlds ii

You know what’s cooler than the idea of Fantastic Beasts or Cursed Child? How about this: The Wizarding World meets the Special Operations Executive in a Netflix series.

Premise: The year is 1940. The Germans have conquered France. Hitler stands as master of Europe. And behind him is Gellert Grindelwald, the greatest dark wizard Europe has ever seen. The United Kingdom, her Commonwealth and Empire, stand in defiance of the Nazis. A secret offshoot of MI6 is formed by Prime Minister Winston Churchill: The Special Operations Executive. They’re nicknamed “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” Their mission: “To set Europe ablaze.” They will be trained in spy craft, sabotage, assassination, deception, and guerrilla warfare. They are recruited from all walks of life: from Indian royalty to night club singers.

But Churchill knows about the Wizarding World. He is well informed on the sort of hold Grindelwald has on Hitler’s inner circle. In collaboration with Minister for Magic (and distant cousin) Leonard Spencer-Moon and the famed Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore, they recruit wizards. Are they breaking the Statute of Secrecy? Well, there is the Official Secrets Act. And their files will not be made public for a very, very long time. As for these wizards, they vary just as much as their muggle counterparts: refugees, aurors, champion duelists, and criminals alike. There’s a pureblood debutante and an exiled Italian gangster among their ranks. 

They’re sent into occupied territory. They’re tasked with creating resistance cells, gather intelligence, and sabotage Axis efforts. And the witches and wizards are given a special mission: discredit Grindelwald. Soften him up and put him on the defensive. Eliminate his forces and make him look weak. 

And so we the audience follow one such SOE cell. They could be in France, Italy, the Balkans, Greece, Scandinavia, North Africa or the South Pacific. We follow their trials and tribulations. Their triumphs and defeats; probably from 1941 to June of 1944. They work side by side with muggles and squibs. It doesn’t matter. They all have their personal reasons; they just don’t want to sit by as evil reigns. They don’t like bullies, no matter where they’re from.