UPDATE: The trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is now online!
Get your #WandsReady; a brief teaser has revealed that the trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald arrives tomorrow. Following up 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this sequel in Harry Potter's extended universe continues the globetrotting adventures of Newt Scamander, while also introducing a young Albus Dumbledore facing off against his friend-turned-enemy Gellert Grindelwald.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (or simply Fantastic Beasts 2) revisits Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) on his pursuit to better educate wizards and witches on the nature of magical creatures. In doing so, he partners up with Dumbledore (played by Jude Law) in order to thwart Johnny Depp's eponymous Grindelwald. With a solid 8 months until the film's November 16 release, Warner Bros is kickstarting enthusiasm in the sequel, prefacing the new trailer with a brief teaser that not only harkens back to J.K. Rowling's original Harry Potter novels, but puts a bulk of the focus on Potter fans themselves.
Warner Bros.' teaser begins by diving into Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone's very first chapter, "The Boy Who Lived", before transitioning into a cloud of smoke. The smoke then transforms into the wispy inkblot effect used in the films to represent Apparition before revealing a series of wands (if you look closely, you'll see some familiar ones, including wands belonging to Voldemort, Dumbledore, and Harry Potter himself), as well as text that simply reads, "Wizarding World". As the text disappears, it's replaced by "Get your #WandsReady", followed up with a rapid succession of fans - young and old - holding wands out in front of their faces a la the official dueling pose.
While plot details for The Crimes of Grindelwald are sparse at best, chances are the trailer will explore most, if not all, of the sequel's new characters, as well as showcase new filming locations outside of the first film's New York setting, including Paris and London. According to Rowling's timeline referenced in The Deathly Hallows, Dumbledore and Grindelwald - who were once best friends, if not lovers - are full-fledged enemies at this point in time.
That said, teenage versions of the characters have been cast for flashback portions of the film, so audiences will likely see exactly how exactly their relationship ultimately dissolved. Seeing as Dumbledore's sexuality will not be directly referenced in this film however, screenwriter Rowling and director David Yates are either leaving the romantic subplot out altogether or referencing it in a future installment.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018