Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Newt Scamander is back, Dumbledore debuts, Grindelwald has escaped, and those fantastic beasts are still out and about. There’s a lot to digest in the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Directed by David Yates, the sequel to the 2016’s Harry Potter spinoff hops from New York to Paris, introducing another previously unseen segment of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. With wands at the ready, utter “Revelio!” and let’s unveil the secrets tucked away in the first footage.
Return to Hogwarts
Yes, the world’s most prestigious school of witchcraft and wizardry (by Newt’s standards, anyway) makes a return appearance in The Crimes of Grindelwald. Witches and wizards, who appear to be aurors from MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), arrive to question Professor Dumbledore (then just a teacher of Transfiguration) about his former pupil Newt Scamander.
A ticket to Paris
As previously reported by EW, Newt is heading to Paris, and Harry Potter fans should be ready for more magical jet-setting. Each of the next five sequels of the Fantastic Beasts tale will be set in a different part of the globe.
Dumbledore’s favorite trinket has the ability to capture and hold light sources, as well as guide its bearer when lost. The item was bestowed to Ron Weasley after Dumbledore’s death in the main Harry Potter saga. Here, Dumbledore (Jude Law) is using it, once again, to keep a low profile.
Teacher and student are reunited on the rooftops of London. Newt remained one of Dumbledore’s favorite students, so much so that after a mysterious incident that led to Newt’s ousting from Hogwarts, he stuck by him. Perhaps we’ll learn more about their secretive history.
This certainly looks like Derek Riddell, the actor playing Torquil Travers in The Crimes of Grindelwald. Travers was the name of a Death Eater who fought for Voldemort in the main Harry Potter sequel — so this Torquil could be a relative.
“If you’d ever had the pleasure to teach him, you’d know Newt is not a great follower of orders,” the future headmaster says. Side note: They’re clearly standing in the classroom typically reserved for Defense Against the Dark Arts, yet we know Dumbledore’s gig at this time was Transfiguration — in case that small detail interests anyone. No? Okay, moving on…
With Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) out of MACUSA custody, his main mission is now gathering followers to his cause: elevating pure-blood sorcerers to rule over muggles/no-majs. By his side is Vinda Rosier (Poppy Corby-Tuech), “one of Grindelwald’s most trusted followers, a loyal servant to his cause and often at his side.”
Back at work
Tina (Katherine Waterston) has been reinstated as an auror after she assisted in saving New York City from the Obscurus attack and bringing Grindelwald to justice — though that last part was short-lived.
More fantastic beasts (and Jacob)
That memory wipe whammy on Jacob (Dan Fogler) clearly doesn’t stick, as he’s back in the fold with Newt. As they prepare to go “somewhere,” two other creatures are spotted in the background.
Credence (Ezra Miller) is alive — and he’s in Paris. Here he reveals his Obscurus to Maledictus (Claudia Kim), who we know is a carrier of a blood curse that destines to transform her into a beast.
The magic of Paris
Based on the astrological writing on the walls, this is one of the locations we’ll be seeing when Newt & co. explore the magical depths of Paris. We see people working at desks, we see hints of office space in the back, and dozens of witches and wizards. Is this the French equivalent of MACUSA?
We’re finally getting to meet Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, Newt’s former love. Here she’s spotted enjoying a magical performance with her fellow socialites.
The name Lestrange is a red flag in the wizarding world of Harry Potter’s time, namely for Bellatrix Lestrange. Here, Leta is engaged to Theseus, Newt’s brother. No doubt that will cause some familial drama.
The trailer glimpses another magical creature Newt is seen riding. Best guess? Maybe a Kelpie, the shape-shifting creature that usually takes the form of a horse.
Solving a mystery
An unknown character is spotted gazing at light projectors in some underground location. What puzzle is there to solve? And who the heck is this?
Le Cirque Arcanus
Feast your eyes on the delights of the magical French night circus. No doubt this is the wizarding circus that sees Maledictus as its “featured attraction.”
Actor William Nadylam
Another new character arrives in the form of actor William Nadylam. His character is spotted among the circus, but what role he has to play in all this is still unknown.
Newt’s little, socially crippled helper is back and getting into some mischief.
Credence, sporting newly chopped locks, has some anger management issues — and we all know what can happen when he doesn’t have a proper outlet to channel his rage.
Blowing the roof off
An unknown character — we’re presuming this is the same guy looking at those light symbols — literally blows the roof of a building in his pursuit of… well, we don’t know just yet.
A black carriage pulled by Thestrals transports the prisoner sitting inside at wand point. Shortly after the trailer’s release, Lego sent out a press alert for a new set depicting this scene in the film titled “Grindelwald’s Escape.” So here is when we can presume the dark wizard makes his grand getaway.
Brothers in arms
Newt stands by his brother Theseus in the midst of a magical battle. What we know about Theseus, played by Callum Turner, is that he’s a war hero and the head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic.