In the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the excellent Colin Farrell plays Percival Graves, Director of Magical Security at MACUSA.

However, by the end of the movie, it is revealed that

Gellert Grindelwald has been impersonating Graves for some time.

My question is:

Do we ever see the actual Percival Graves in the movie?


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    You hide the part about Gellert Grindelwald, but your title makes it obvious Percival Graves we see isn't really Percival Graves...
    – Daft
    Nov 8, 2017 at 14:13
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    The top answer on the duplicate question explicitly answers this.
    – Valorum
    Nov 8, 2017 at 16:26
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    @Valorum actually there is a line in passing in the other answer which answers this question but does NOT answer the other. Just because they're from the same source does NOT mean they're duplicates. Otherwise all LotR questions would be duplicates
    – Edlothiad
    Nov 8, 2017 at 17:31
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    @Edlothiad - The answer below and the answer in the dupe are identical. Let that be your guide
    – Valorum
    Nov 8, 2017 at 17:32
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    @Edlothiad - The framing text is subtly different, but a small edit to the dupe question and answer would render this question entirely obsolete.
    – Valorum
    Nov 8, 2017 at 17:40

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According to producer David Heyman, Graves does not appear in the movie and there are no plans for him to appear in future movies either.

SnitchSeeker: Is there a real Graves? what happened to him?

David Heyman: That's a very good questions. I've been wondering ... I'm amazed more people haven't picked up on that. Yes, there was a real Graves. Yes, someone used some polyjuice potion and took their place. I don't know where they are at the story's end, But yes, there was a real Graves. We didn't film him. We didn't film the polyjuice. We just dived into the story midway through.

SnitchSeeker: Will we see Graves in the future?

David Heyman: I doubt it.

SnitchSeeker: It is similar to what happened with Crouch and Moody in the fourth book.

David Heyman: Yes.

SnitchSeeker: I guess Colin Farrell won't be back in the sequel.

David Heyman: There's no plans to bring Colin back for the sequel.

David Heyman talks to SnitchSeeker about the real Graves & his fate in 'Fantastic Beasts

Note that J.K. Rowling later clarified that the transformation wasn't actually done via polyjuice.

Why did ‘revelio’ undo the effects of Polyjuice Potion?
It didn’t. Grindelwald’s Transfiguration surpasses that of most wizards, so he used a spell, not a potion, to take on the appearance of Percival Graves.
J.K. Rowling's new website - FAQ

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