Newt Scamander's story takes a darker and more dangerous turn in the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer, which premiered during Warner Bros.' Hall H panel at the 2018 International Comic-Con in San Diego. Newt (Eddie Redmayne), to be fair, certainly isn't looking for trouble when the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel catches up with him, having only just finished his textbook on magical creatures and preparing to go on a world tour to promote it. However, his old Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) has other plans.
The second chapter in what is still being planned as a five movie series, The Crimes of Grindelwald (as its subtitle implies) further brings the subplot from the first Fantastic Beasts movie - concerning the dark wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) - into the center of things. At the same time, the film will introduce audiences to Dumbledore several decades before he taught The Boy Who Lived in the Harry Potter movies and set the stage for him to play a bigger role in the Fantastic Beasts films moving forward. Between all of that and Newt's continuing adventures, the sequel has a lot of ground to cover, as its second trailer also suggests.
Also back for The Crimes of Grindelwald are Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them costars Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), Dan Folger (Jacob Kowalski), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), and Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller). Their characters' respective storylines are picked up here as well, even as the Fantastic Beasts sequel dives deeper into Newt's past by introducing Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz), the mysterious woman who had something to do with Newt getting kicked out of Hogwarts in the first place. For more on that, watch the new trailer for The Crimes of Grindelwald, in the space above, then check out the latest poster, below.
As illustrated by these details and its trailer footage, The Crimes of Grindelwald strives to further weave together the separate sides of the cinematic Wizarding World franchise (the Fantastic Beasts series and Harry Potter movies), while also delivering an experience that plays out more like a thriller than the first Fantastic Beasts film. That includes adding key figures from the established Wizarding World mythology to the Fantastic Beasts ensemble here, like Dumbledore and Nicolas Flamel (Brontis Jodorowsky). The latter makes his debut in both the new trailer and poster above.
Wizarding World creator J.K. Rowling and director David Yates - who, as they did on the original Fantastic Beasts, wrote and helmed The Crimes of Grindelwald - certainly have their work cut out for them, in that respect. Fortunately, the sequel will also feature some imaginative creatures old and new, in order to help maintain a sense of wonder along the way. Further, between its new setting (Paris) and more dynamic visual style, The Crimes of Grindelwald has a comparatively fresher look than the first Fantastic Beasts film, yet still feels very much part of the same universe.
However, it's already starting to seem as though these films might have too many plates spinning at once, for their own good. For example, Law has indicated both Dumbledore's past with Grindelwald and his sexuality won't really be examined with much depth in the second movie. The series still has three more installments to dive into those details, but Rowling and Yates' approach risks coming off like they're dragging their feet, more than delivering an effective slow-burn, for the same reason
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- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018