New 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Trailer Introduces a Historic 'Harry Potter' Character
By John Boone
Warner Bros. Pictures
The Fantastic Beasts franchise is going back to the beginning.
During Warner Bros.' Hall H presentation on Saturday morning, star Eddie Redmayne and his castmates, including Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, Zoe Kravitz and Claudia Kim, debuted the newest trailer for The Crimes of Grindelwald, which features the debut of character first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Wizards and witches, muggles and no-mag, meet Nicolas Flamel.
The latest look at the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them follow-up transports the story to Paris, where Albus Dumbledore (Law) tasks Newt Scamander (Redmayne) with stopping the eponymous villain, Grindelwald (Johnny Depp, who appeared in character for a brief moment during the panel, proclaiming it was time to "rise up and take our rightful place in the world").
"Every single aspect of this movie is a geekout fiasco," Miller, who donned quite the epic Toadette cosplay in a corset and lingerie stockings, gushed. "I mean, Hogwarts? Dumbledore? Nifflers? More nifflers! Give me a break. I could go on." We also see young Newt studying at Hogwarts, the return of Miller's Credence Barebone, lots of shots of the Eiffel Tower, a very intriguing magical circus and, of course, plenty of beasts of the fantastic variety.
"The muggle world, the wizarding word, somewhat pitched against each other," Law teased of the sequel's plot. "But, also, the wizards within the wizarding world are asked which side they're on." He went on to call Crimes of Grindelwald "possibly the darkest" of the franchise.
As for his role as young Dumbledore -- or as moderator Aisha Tyler referred to him, "Hot Dumbledore" -- Law revealed he is a "very spritely" 45. "I love the fact that he's called young Dumbledore," Law laughed. "Because I'm 45, and I don't feel so young anymore."
Here is the movie's official synopsis:
"At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world."