Today, Warner Bros. finally announced the title of the second installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The news comes alongside a sparkly new picture of the cast, and our very first look at Jude Law as young Dumbledore. To prepare you for the second installment, officially titled ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, we have cast Lumos over all of the important details.
What we know about the plot of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ so far:
1. Where and when the adventure takes place:
The second installment in the franchise takes place in 1927, mere months after the events in the first film. However, this time Newt is venturing out of New York, taking a trip to Paris and London. But it doesn’t look like he will have easy travels.
In the lead up to the announcement, the official Fantastic Beasts Twitter account tweeted several teaser images, inducing this one of Newt Scamander’s travel permit application denial.
2. What is Newt up to now?:
Having completed his textbook ‘Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them’ Newt is about to head on an adventure much more menacing than the first.
In the second installment, Young Dumbledore (Jude Law) will enlist the help of Newt, the former student of Hogwarts. Dumbledore and Newt are good pals, as we know from the Fantastic Beast’s foreword, where the former pupil describes Dumbledore as being ‘more than a school teacher to me’.
The pair will most likely run into some Voldemort level trouble, as Grindelwald makes his escape.
In the film, Newts pals, No-Maj Jacob (Dan Fogler), and sisters Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol) will return. We will also be introduced to some new characters close to Newt – Newt’s older brother, Theseus and Newt’s close friend from Hogwarts Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz).
While the character Leta is still shrouded in mystery – we do know that Newt took the blame for her wrong-doings at Hogwarts and was thus expelled from the school in her place.
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3. A darker film, The rise of Grindelwald:
Grindelwald is the main big-bad in the wizarding world in the 1920s, the predecessor to Voldemort if you will. In the first installment, Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA a.k.a the Magical Congress of the United States of America. While the first film focused on Newt’s lighthearted quest to find his beasts, the upcoming film is about to head down a much darker path as Grindelwald embarks on his sinister plan.
In the upcoming film, Grindelwald has escaped custody and is ready to rile up an army of supporters in order to expose the wizarding community to the No Majs. But, what his new followers don’t know is that he intends to have pure-blood wizards rule over all non-magical beings.
In the poster released today, we see Grindelwald clutching the most powerful wand in the wizarding world, the Elder Wand, which he stole from wandmaker Gregorovitch.
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4. Grindelwald and Albus’ history:
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is about to take a deep dive into some of our beloved character’s backstories. From the title of the film, it seems likely that we will finally get a sneak peek at Dumbledore and antagonist Grindelwald’s friendship.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dumbledore’s brother Aberforth explains how Dumbledore and Grindelwald were connected.
Friendship: Aberforth’s story explained how, In the summer of 1899, Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s friendship blossomed. The pair met not long after Albus returned home to help take care of his ill sister Ariana. Grindelwald and Albus bonded over a shared intelligence and ambition and devised a plot to find the Deadly Hallows and overthrow the Statute of Secrecy, in order to bring wizards out of hiding so that they can rule over the Muggles.
However, Dumbledore’s motivations were very different from Grindelwald’s. When he was younger Dumbledore witnessed muggle boys torment his younger sister, to a point where the girl suffered an emotional breakdown and her repressed magic became unstable.
Love: J.K. Rowling later revealed that Dumbledore had feelings for his friend Grindelwald. “Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.”
Grindelwald’s true colors and the death of Ariana: While the pair prepared for a new order to reign over the wizarding world, the care of Albus’ sister took a backseat, and as such, a duel broke out between the trio. Grindelwald inflicted the Cruciatus Curse on Aberforth, and Albus moved in to defend his brother which resulted in a three-way duel and led to the untimely death of their sister Ariana.
Grindelwald’s end: After their deadly confrontation, Grindelwald fled the country alone in the search for the Deathly Hallows. His search was a success, and he eventually found and stole the Elder Wand, which he used to rise to power. In 1945, several years after the events in the upcoming film, Dumbledore set out on a successful quest to defeat Grindelwald. As a result, the antagonist was imprisoned in ‘Nurmengard’, a wizarding prison originally built by Grindelwald. The antagonist later died at the hands of Voldemort, who killed him in his search for the Elder Wand.
5. The return of Credence
In the first Fantastic Beasts film, Credence (Ezra Miller) appeared to have died after taking his Obscurus form. But now, he is back.
We know that Obscurials typically don’t survive more than 10 years, which means that Credence must be an extremely powerful wizard. We have a feeling that the wizard, who was once forced to hide his powers, will be eager to show the wizarding world what he has got now that he is free from clutches of his adopted mother.
In the poster, Credence is sporting a stern face as he sits next to Claudia Kim’s character.
6. A wizarding circus and a new curse:
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is going to be taking us to a part of the wizarding world we have never seen. A goddamn wizarding circus!
That’s right, Fantastic Beasts is going to make sure that your childhood dreams of running away to the circus come back in full force.
Actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson will play Skender, the circus owner, and actress Claudia Kim will play Maledictus one of the circus’ main attractions.
If a magical circus wasn’t intriguing enough, it has been announced that the circus will reveal an unheard magical curse. Kim’s character, Maledictus, is a carrier of the blood curse that makes her transform into a beast. (Nope she isn’t an Animagus, who can transform into any character at will!)
7. Who else is new?
In addition to the new cast members mentioned above, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will include appearances by Wolf Roth as a character called Spielman, Victoria Yeates as Bunty, Derek Riddell as Torquil Travers, Poppy Corby-Tuech as Rosier, and Cornell S John as Arnold Guzman.
The film will also feature an appearance by the Philosopher’s Stone creator, and friend of Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel (Brontis Jodorowsky).