Tuesday 25th Sept 2018
Here we go again! Today, we were treated to our third trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Without further ado, let’s dive in and see what we spotted this time.
And, of course, let’s not forget to actually watch the trailer.
Okay, let’s go.
1. ‘A safe house in Paris’
The trailer begins with a new secret meet-up between Dumbledore and Newt, discussing Newt’s impending trip to Paris. Dumbledore tells Newt of a ‘safe house’ – ‘should things go terribly wrong’. Or, alternatively, if Newt just fancies somewhere nice to go for a cup of tea. Oh, Dumbledore. Never change.
So, can we take a wild guess that this safe house will end up being Nicolas Flamel’s house, as mentioned in the previous trailer? We wouldn’t mind having a cuppa with a renowned alchemist who has discovered the secrets of eternal life either.
2. Grindelwald’s call to arms
Gellert Grindelwald’s grandiose speech has echoed through every trailer we’ve seen so far – and this one is no different. He wants wizards and witches to take their ‘rightful place’ in the world, he says. ‘Join me, or die,’ he finishes simply. Well, thanks for skipping straight to the point, Grinders.
Harry Potter fans know that Grindelwald’s obsession with creating a new hierarchy in the wizarding world is what tore his and Albus Dumbledore’s friendship apart. Now we’re actually seeing that ascent in action as he escapes MACUSA - and we’re guessing it’s not that easy to escape the American equivalent of the Ministry of Magic.
As we learn later in the trailer, lovely Magizoologist Newt Scamander is the one lumbered with the task of having to defeat him – but why poor Newt?
That’s right! Our first ‘gasp’ moment of this trailer reveals that Claudia Kim’s mysterious ‘circus attraction’ character can turn into a snake and is revealed to be called… ‘Nagini’. Well, we’ve heard that name before, haven’t we? Nagini is Voldemort’s loyal snake companion from the Harry Potter books.
Previously, this character had only been dubbed ‘the Maledictus’: a witch who carries a blood curse which ultimately turns them into a beast forever. So, it seems that Nagini has a sad backstory we never knew?
Also, assuming this is the same Nagini we know from Harry Potter, set in the 90s, this makes Nagini rather old, doesn’t it? And how did the character acquire a ‘blood curse’? So many questions, so little time.
To learn more about the Nagini we know from the Harry Potter books, take a look at our handy guide here.
4. The room of many questions
Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) is seen briefly in a lit-up room covered in mysterious calculations, words and pictures of faces.
This scene has cropped up in previous trailers before – but this is our clearest shot of it so far.
Note the words ‘Credence Barebone’ on the wall behind Tina. And another name just above: Corvus Lestrange. We already know Leta Lestrange will feature prominently in the film – so who is Corvus? And how does that link to Credence?
5. Queenie’s fowl play
We briefly see Queenie curiously reaching out to a raven symbol. Now, the usually cheery Queenie has been looking very troubled during these trailers so far. Is she okay? Does she need a hug? We’ve still not seen any scenes of her and Jacob together either...
6. The Great Hall
We’d recognise those floating candles anywhere. We already knew we were heading back to Hogwarts, but our hearts did a miniature leap when we saw the Great Hall, the grand room that is home to the Sorting Ceremony on the first day of term, and many other fabulous feasts. It’s good to see it once again. Anyone fancy a singalong of ‘Hoggy Warty Hogwarts’ to celebrate?
7. Young Dumbledore and young Grindelwald
He’s only there for a split second – but there is no mistaking young Grindelwald’s piercing stare. In the previous trailer, it was revealed that Dumbledore sees Grindelwald in the Mirror of Erised, but on that occasion, we saw Johnny Depp’s older incarnation.
This time, we see a younger Dumbledore, played by Toby Regbo, who appeared as young Dumbledore briefly in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, peering at his childhood friend played by Jamie Campbell Bower, who portrayed the younger Grindelwald in the same film! Will we be seeing a full flashback to the days of Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s youth, perhaps?
8. More new magic
We can expect the new film to introduce us to all sorts of exciting new spells and magical phenomena – judging on what we see in this trailer, and what we’ve seen in the others. Remember Dumbledore’s magic, floating glove? This trailer teases more fantastical things – such as some mysterious black banners floating around Paris.
We thought (rather horrifically) they were Dementors for a fleeting moment – but on second glance, we’re pretty sure they’re just banners. Every cloud...
Another scene sees Grindelwald encased in a golden orb while locked in a prison cell – a level of protection perhaps? – and later we also see a gentleman walk through a wall, but a little differently to how Harry and co. do it going through the barrier to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.
Suffice to say, we are very ready for a whole new magical education.
9. Poor Jacob tries out a Portkey
The trailer features another amusing moment of poor Jacob being introduced to more strange, otherworldly things. Last time, he got to meet the impossibly old Nicolas Flamel. This time, he gets to enjoy the delights of a Portkey. We’re sure he’s going to love it and not be freaked out at all.
10. Kappa look at that
In one shot, Newt is accompanied by a ghost-like creature, with a mushroom shaped head emitting a golden shimmer. This is actually a Kappa, which Potter fans will remember from Harry’s Defence Against the Dark Arts classes as a dangerous water demon. So, firstly, what is this Kappa doing above ground, and why does he look so ghostly? Again, we might be looking at some new sort of magic here.
Speaking of magical creatures, we also spot the Zouwu, Niffler, Pickett the Bowtruckle and a Kelpie. Did you spot any more?
11. Oh, brother
Now, we had an inkling that Newt and his brother Theseus (Callum Turner) might not be displaying much brotherly love in this film, what with us knowing that Theseus is now engaged to Newt’s former friend, Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz).
This trailer definitely confirms their animosity, especially when Tina gleefully ties up Theseus with magical ropes, and Newt claims it to be the best moment of his life. Well, this is going to be fun...
And the wait continues! But not for much longer.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is released 16 November, 2018. Read our previous breakdown of the second trailer right here.