When Warner Bros announced it was making Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel set approximately more than 60 years before the main events of the Harry Potter series, many assumed that the fantasy movie would be the first of many to follow. Sure enough, it was later announced that the 2016 fantasy movie would be the first of a trilogy, and that has since been expanded a five film series. The second entry, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, hits theaters on November 16, and following numerous reports and some official stills, today marked the release of the sequel's first trailer.
As any good teaser trailer should do, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald's first preview sprinkled in a good amount of cool moments without giving away too much of the plot. With that in mind, here are the things that caught our eye in this trailer, starting off with arguably the most talked-about casting for this movie.
Like most other magically-gifted adolescents in Great Britain, Newt Scamander attended Hogwarts, and during his time there, one of his instructors was the great Albus Dumbledore. Unlike most magically-gifted adolescents in Great Britain, Newt was expelled, but Dumbledore argued against him being removed from school. Years later, now these two will be reunited, and while we've already seen some pictures of Jude Law playing the younger Dumbledore, it's even better that now there's footage of him available. While Dumbledore claims to the Ministry of Magic officials that Newt is not working under his orders, we know that these two are indeed working together to stop Grindelwald. And speaking of this movie's titular antagonist...
In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it was revealed that Colin Farrell's Percival Graves was actually a disguised Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp. Grindelwald was taken into custody by MACUSA at the end of the first movie, but months later, he'll escape early into The Crimes of Grindelwald and continue his mission to install a new regime where pureblood wizards rule over all magical beings. While it's certainly possible that in the moment above, Grindelwald and his companion have popped into a gathering unannounced, judging by the crowd not looking frightened that the most notorious dark wizard of the time is in front of them, I suspect that they're more interested in Grindelwald's prejudiced ideology.