The second chapter in the Fantastic Beasts franchise has been revealed. Warner Bros. Pictures has released the latest installment's first trailer.
"Where's Newt Scamander?"
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald's official trailer opens at a very familiar location in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A group of people arrive inside of Hogwarts' hallowed halls to ask its Transfiguration teacher, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), a few questions regarding the whereabouts of magizoologist Newt Scamander.
As Dumbledore goes through an inquisition, fans will see Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is already sneaking around Europe. The Hogwarts headmaster admits to the group that Scamander is not a great follower of orders.
The Upcoming War
Viewers are next watching the franchise's main villain, Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), start recruiting a society of followers. According to Entertainment Weekly, the woman next to the franchise's antagonist is none other than Vinda Rosier (Poppy Corby-Tuech).
Fans are next reunited with American auror Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Jacob (Dan Fogler), to whom Newt has given back his memories after losing them at the end of the first film.
Also returning in the second film is troubled child Credence (Ezra Miller), who is expected to cook up trouble in Paris. In addition to Credence, Dumbledore has tasked Scamander to catch Grindelwald before he brings his brand of havoc onto the world. The trailer ends with both Scamander and his brother, Thesus (Callum Turner), unleashing a powerful magical attack.
USA Today has revealed that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is expected to be released into theatres on Nov. 16.
The Dumbledore Controversy
As fans start to count down to the next Wizarding World adventure, several longtime Harry Potter fanatics are still sour that Dumbledore may not have been Grindelwald's "alleged lover" nor even had feelings for the dark wizard. J.K. Rowling even admitted to fans that Dumbledore was a gay man when the Harry Potter book franchise was ending.
The Depp Factor
A dark cloud surrounding this film is Johnny Depp. While the actor is playing the franchise's main antagonist, many people were concerned about Depp having a dark past due to his alleged mistreatment of his ex-wife, Amber Heard. However, JK Rowling defended the casting and stated that Depp would do wonders for Grindelwald's character.
Meanwhile, actor Daniel Radcliffe who helmed the Harry Potter franchise understood fans' concerns regarding Depp's past actions, but could not condemn the people who transformed him into a household name.
Watch the trailer below: