The release of movie trailers for the blockbusters of 2018 continues apace. Now, we get to see Warner Bros. Pictures fire its next shot, with a sequel to a spin-off of a magical franchise. The 2016 film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was the first feature-length expansion for audiences of the Wizarding World where “Harry Potter” takes place in, particularly its early 20th Century background history. Two years later, its first sequel will continue the narrative from where it left off. And so, the first teaser trailer for “The Crimes of Grindelwald” arrived for excited fans to view.
Entertainment Weekly was among the many news services that put up the freshly-uploaded YouTube video for the trailer of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” from Warner Bros. Pictures. The preview helps lay down the changes in the spinoff’s setting, as the sequel is set just about a year later. From the start it draws in longtime fans of its parent franchise “Harry Potter”, with a scene set in none other than Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where officials from the American wizarding government MACUSA visit Professor Albus Dumbledore, younger and played by Jude Law in all his hotness.
MACUSA asks Dumbledore questions about the activities of his former student, British wizard and magi-zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Underneath Albus’ glib reply to the inquiry, he has already dispatched Newt to a vital mission, secretly tracking down the recently-escaped Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), Dark Wizard and magic supremacist planning to unmask the hidden Wizarding World and elevate witches and wizards as a despotic global order over non-magical people – British Muggles and American No-Majes. Dumbledore’s instructions to Newt, delivered in voiceover, are especially ominous: “I can’t move against Grindelwald; it has to be you.” And thus a new adventure begins.
Those who have just come into the “Potter-verse” movies with the first “Fantastic Beasts” would be happy to know that its main cast will be returning: American sister witches Tina and Queenie Goldstein (Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol, respectively) as well as No-Maj baker and World War I veteran Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler). The big shocker is the reveal that Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) survived his death in the previous film, returning as a more evil form. This is the start of a darker, more sinister tale that would become the Wizarding War discussed in Hogwarts classes in Harry’s time.
The film also stars Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander, Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange and Carmen Ejogo as MACUSA President Seraphina Picquery. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will premiere in cinemas on November 16.
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