Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is due for release 16 November.
Titled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the movie will arrive in cinemas on 16 November 2018 and will see the return of Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.
In the trailer, we return to Hogwarts and witness a younger Albus Dumbledore – played by English actor Jude Law. Oh, and we also get a glimpse Johnny Depp’s villainous, tormented character, Gellert Grindelwald.
Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, and Poppy Corby-Tuech also star in the highly-anticipated blockbuster.
J.K. Rowling confirmed that the Fantastic Beasts’ franchise will feature across five films, with Crimes of Grindelwald being set in New York, Paris and London.
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Scamander.
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 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.
Sounds ominous doesn’t it? Watch the incredible trailer below.
Back in February, Potter-verse fans hit the roof when director David Yates revealed that Dumbledore will not be “explicitly” gay in the sequel, which came as a shock to many because of JK Rowling’s claims that Dumbledore’s sexuality will eventually be addressed.
“Well, I can’t tell you everything I would like to say because this is obviously a five-part story, so there’s lots to unpack in that relationship,” she said.
“I will say that you will see Dumbledore as a younger man, and quite a troubled man because he wasn’t always the sage. He was always very clever, but we’ll see what I think was the formative period of his life.
“As far as his sexuality is concerned, watch the space.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Yates confirmed that, for now at least, Dumbledore’s sexuality will not be presented on screen, and that “all fans are aware of that”.
Yates added: “He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology, and each other.”
However, we’re only one movie into the five-film instalment so far. So let’s see where it goes…