Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer Breakdown

The first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is here - and it's packed with new characters and intriguing moments.

Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 2

The first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has arrived. This second installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise has a lot to overcome; the movie thus far has been dogged by controversy surrounding the inclusion of Johnny Depp as the dark Wizard, Grindelwald, with many calling for him to be replaced following allegations of abuse. However, J.K Rowling's Wizarding World continues to be hugely popular, and 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was proof of that.

Eddie Redmayne once again returns as Magizoologist Newt Scamander, alongside Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein and Alison Sudol as her sister, Queenie. To the delight of many, Dan Folger is back as No-Maj Jacob Kowalski. Ezra Miller also returns as the troubled Credence Barebone, having escaped the crazed clutches of his zealous mother, Mary-Lou. There are new cast additions too: obviously Depp has a much more prominent role than he did in the first movie, and Jude Law makes his debut as a young Dumbledore. Zoë Kravitz makes her official debut as Leta Lestrange, after only appearing in a photo in the first movie, and we'll also meet Newt's brother, Theseus, played by Callum Turner.

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The first trailer for The Crimes of Grindelwald, which was directed by David Yates from a screenplay by Rowling, is certainly intriguing, and for Harry Potter fans there's plenty to discuss. Below, we break down each scene from the trailer and its possible impact on the movie itself.

23. Return To Hogwarts

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Hogwarts

When the trailer opens, we are immediately taken to a familiar place: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Students eagerly gather to look out of the window at a group of ministry officials apparating onto the bridge. We've always been lead to believe that you can't apparate in and out of Hogwarts, so either this rule wasn't in place back then, or the bridge counts as being outside of Hogwarts.

22. Newt Scamander Heads to Paris

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Paris

We already knew that Fantastic Beasts 2 would take us to Paris, and the trailer confirms this with a clear statement. But why has Newt gone to Paris? Is this to stop Grindelwald's followers, or has the Dark Wizard escaped capture? Another point of interest is the torn picture that repairs itself in Newt's hand - why was it in pieces on the floor? Trouble between Tina and Newt, maybe?

21. Young Dumbledore

Fantastic Beasts 2- Dumbledore

This teaser gives us our first look at the man who will go on to become Hogwarts headmaster in future years, but in The Crimes of Grindelwald, he's still just a teacher at the school. Law certainly looks the part, but... is now the time to be picky about his speech? Maybe Albus Dumbledore is still young and carefree at this stage, but Law's Dumbledore voice seems a little too colloquial in comparison to Michael Gambon. Still, he's got a whole movie to prove he's the right man for the role.

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20. Why is Dumbledore in the Wrong Classroom?

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Dumbledore in classroom

When teaching at Hogwarts, Dumbledore taught Transfiguration, not Defense Against the Dark Arts, but he's sitting in what would become Snape's classroom in later years. Again, this might be a time setting thing; schools have room swaps all the time, so why should Hogwarts be any different? Could there be another reason for him being in this setting when the Aurors pay him a visit?

19. Deluminator

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Deluminator

The trailer also showcases an object that will be familiar to Harry Potter fans: the Deluminator that Dumbledore left to Ron Weasley in his will. The device, which extinguishes all lights, can be seen in action on what looks to be a London street, and presumably Dumbledore is using it to set the scene for an important meeting.

18. Dumbledore and Newt Together

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Dumbledore and Newt

Dumbledore states that Newt doesn't follow orders very well, but he's clearly very fond of his former pupil, who was expelled from Hogwarts. We see the pair of them up on the roof of the school together, and Dumbledore's wry smile suggests that he knew Newt would come when he needed him.

17. Grindelwald's Trial

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Grindelwald Trial

The last time we saw Gellert Grindelwald, he was being taken away by MACUSA. In the Crimes of Grindelwald trailer, we see what looks to like Grindelwald on trial in front of a packed court room. Of course, he will escape somehow, but it's hard to guess out when or why that will happen. He is an extremely powerful wizard, though, so let's not put anything past him.

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16. Tina Goldstein Returns

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Tina

In Fantastic Beasts, Tina Goldstein did a great job of sneaking about, and she's back at it again. With her coat collar high, and hiding behind a statue, she obviously doesn't want to be seen. The question is, where is she? Tina will go on to become Mrs. Scamander eventually, so it'll be interesting to see her relationship with Newt develop.

15. New Creatures

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Jacob Kowalski

For those worried that the Fantastic Beasts prefix would be superfluous - worry no more! The trailer has plenty of magical creatures, including Thestrals, Bowtruckles, and some kind of underwater creature. We're likely to meet more in the movie, too, since we'll be introduced to a French Circus of Curiosities.

14. Jacob's Memory Is Back

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Jacob

Hurrah! Seeing Jacob so excited to be going on a journey with Newt suggests that somehow his memory has been restored. The No-Maj was certainly useful in Fantastic Beasts (especially as Erumpent bait), and no doubt he will be again. There's also some unfinished business between him and Queenie to sort out...

13. Another Obscurus

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Maledictus

In one particular scene, we see a Maledictus (Claudia Kim) on a roof, sending an Obscurus into the sky. A Maledictus witch, as Kim is playing, is one whose blood has become cursed, leading her to transform into a beast. The word Maledictus also features on the poster for the French Circus, which is said to feature 'a snake girl'; it looks like this will be the beast she turns into. Who's with her on the roof, though, and why? Was the Obscurus hers, or someone else's?

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12. Queenie's Back

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Queenie

We only get a very brief glimpse of a worried looking Queenie Goldstein, and it's not nearly enough, but she's there (possibly in the French Ministry?) and we know she'll be aiding Newt, Tina, and Jacob in whatever way she can. Hopefully we'll get to see her using her Legilimens skills.

11. Leta Lestrange

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Leta Lestrange

We're still no nearer to discovering much about the character of Leta Lestrage. We know she has a strong connection to Newt - seemingly a romantic one at that - but all we see of her in the trailer is brief shot of her at a ball. Is Newt there as well?

10. White Cliffs of Dover

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Dover

Possibly featured simply to remind us of the cross-channel connection, but the White Cliffs of Dover are shown in the trailer, with what looks like Ministry of Magic members standing there. Are we to assume that the next scene is connected?

9. An Underwater Sequence

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Underwater

Newt is shown swimming rapidly under the water, holding onto some kind of fantastic beast. Has he used Gillyweed, like Harry Potter did in Goblet of Fire? What is the creature? More importantly; are we to assume that Newt has dived into the English Channel and is swimming to France?

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8. Mysterious Sewer Writing

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Sewer writing

The writing we see on what looks to be a sewer wall, or bunker of some kind, is sure to be significant. Looking closely, it appears to contain the Lestrange family tree among its scribblings. We see a man in a hat (Theseus Scamander, perhaps?) staring at it, and someone who looks like Tina approaching in the next shot. Earlier in the trailer, we also see Jacob and Newt in the same location. Is this Newt's space? Or does it belong to someone darker? There's also what seems to say Credence Barebone, suggesting he too is a Lestrange.

7. Le Circus Arcanus

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Circus

The circus is likely to feature quite heavily, since this is where Credence is now hiding out. It's also where the Maledictus has found a home, which is in keeping with the way circuses operated in those days - giving refuge and shelter to those that society considered to be abnormal, but also putting them on display in freak shows. Of course, we also know Newt Scamander doesn't think this way, so maybe he'll be the one to show the circus members some compassion.

6. Credence Barebone on the Attack

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Credence

It's a miracle that he even survived, but Credence is now part of the traveling circus, and one would hope he'd found a welcoming home. However, there still seems to be a lot of anger within him, and with good reason. Our one look at him in the trailer shows him angrily smashing some kind of cage. This scene seems to take place at the circus, so perhaps he's freeing some unfortunate magical creatures.

5. Thestrals

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Thestrals

They're back! Remember that Luna Lovegood and Harry Potter could see these magical beasts, but others can't. Why? Because they can only be seen by people who have seen death. There seem to be an awful lot of these eerie winged horses - perhaps signifying the rise of Grindelwald's dark army?

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4. A Shaggy Grindelwald

Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 2

Our second look at Grindelwald in the trailer is not in keeping with the neatly groomed look we're used to. He's shaggy and disheveled, indicating that hes's been imprisoned for some time. With all the wands pointing at him, it looks as though in the scene shown, he's being transported somewhere by MACUSA. Is this when he escapes?

3. Newt Must Fight Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Newt in Sewer

Why? It's the question we're all asking. Near the end of the trailer, Dumbledore tells Newt "I can't move against Grindelwald, it has to be you." This could be for a multitude of reasons: their previous romance; the fact that Grindelwald would be expecting Dumbledore, but not Newt; or that Dumbledore can't leave his post are just some of the theories. It does seem that we may not see Dumbledore and Grindelwald in any scenes together, though. That could well be saved for later in the franchise, which will end with the now infamous duel between the pair.

2. The Rift in Paris

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Newt and Theseus

As the trailer ends, we see Newt using advanced magic alongside his brother. They're either using defensive magic to protect whatever is behind them, or they're on the offense - battling against whatever's coming their way.

1. Deathly Hallows Logo

Fantastic Beasts 2 - Deathly Hallows logo

Rather perfectly, the trailer ends with the rising of the Deathly Hallows logo. Grindelwald has been seeking these during his rise to power, and it was his obsession with them that was the beginning of the end for his relationship with Dumbledore.


In keeping with the Harry Potter movies, Fantastic Beasts 2 immediately seems much darker than the first movie, and subsequent installments will probably get even darker still. One major positive we can take from the trailer is that Newt Scamander still seems very much front and center, something many had worried would not be the case. If anything, The Crimes of Grindelwald seems less about the dark wizard and more about Newt's adventure across Europe as he attempts to fight back. Given how great a performance Redmayne gave in the first Fantastic Beasts movie, we could be in for a fantastic (sorry) movie when The Crimes of Grindelwald is released in November 2018.

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