Saturday 21st July 2018
The Elder Wand! A familiar mirror! Mini-Newt! More Hogwarts! The new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer, which debuted at San Diego Comic-Con today, is chock-full of wizarding treats. Here’s a few that we found particularly enchanting.
Oh, but watch the trailer first, obviously.
Dumbledore channels Professor Lupin at Hogwarts
The trailer begins with a flashback to Newt’s Hogwarts days (where we learn he has been rocking that curly mop hairstyle since his teens) and we see him being taught to tackle a Boggart by... Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore! How intriguing. In the Harry Potter books, we know that Albus Dumbledore used to teach Transfiguration – now we see him teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts. Was he subbing in? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jude Law says Dumbledore wasn’t teaching Transfiguration ‘at this stage’. We know Dumbledore is a multi-talented guy (check his various accolades) so he probably did both.
The flashback reveals that Newt’s Boggart (a creature that transforms into whatever the witch or wizard fears the most) is not a Mummy, or a Banshee, or anything horrible and scaly, but a simple writing desk. It turns out Newt’s greatest fear is... gasp! Working in an office!
Grindelwald at large – or at least for a bit
MACUSA officials float a bedraggled Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) through what appears to be a cell block in MACUSA’s prison.
However, based on what we see later on in the trailer, his incarceration clearly doesn’t last very long…
‘Magic blooms only in rare souls. Still, we must skulk in the shadows. But the old ways serve us no longer.’
A definitely-not-locked-up-anymore Grindelwald (with shorter hair, this time) delivers a grand speech to who are presumably his followers. The speech touches on the themes we saw in the first Fantastic Beasts film – with American wizards living in hiding from No-Majs: enforcing stricter rules than we’ve seen in wizarding Europe. Grindelwald tells his crowd that those ways ‘serve us no longer’ – which surely must mean one thing: a rebellion.
‘Grindelwald had a vision’
Dumbledore’s voice explains that Grindelwald had a vision that he would rise to dominance in the wizarding world. Much like how Voldemort was guided by a Prophecy, it seems Grindelwald is also haunted by future events yet-to-come. We can also glimpse a moment in the trailer where Grindelwald sees a golden ghostly form of Credence… Does Credence have something to do with it?
Who is the Maledictus?
Actress Claudia Kim plays a character only known as ‘the Maledictus’ (which means someone carrying a ‘blood curse’) and seems to be connected to Credence somehow. In this trailer, we seem them strolling along looking shady, at any rate. Let’s also bear in mind that Credence is seen looking at circus posters, and we already know that the Maledictus is one of the circus’s big attractions.
It wouldn’t be a Fantastic Beasts movie without some fantastic beasts – and a couple of new ones are introduced to us here. First, we see some big cat-like animals with giant blue, fluorescent eyes that don’t seem to fit a description from our Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbooks. We also see a giant inquisitive bird-like animal eyeing up Jacob, and a giant hairy behemoth giving Newt, of all people, a fright. Any budding Magizoologists out there know what these could be?
We’ve got to hand it to him…
Another new, nifty bit of magic we haven’t seen before: a disembodied gloved hand pointing at St Paul’s Cathedral. We’re guessing it’s not recommending a bit of sight-seeing. When Newt grabs it, it actually takes him to Dumbledore, like a Portkey or Apparating or somewhere in between. We’ve got to hand it to Dumbledore – that’s some very cool magic.
The Mirror of Erised
Well, that is definitely not a pair of thick, woollen socks. One stand-out scene in the trailer shows us Dumbledore looking into a rather grand-looking mirror. On closer inspection, we see this simply must be the Mirror of Erised - the enchanted mirror that Harry discovers in his first year of Hogwarts. The Mirror famously shows the subject what they desire most, and Dumbledore once told Harry that grown men had gone mad trying to seek the enchanted glass’s contents.
When Harry asked an older Dumbledore what he saw in the mirror in Philosopher’s Stone, the kindly headmaster claimed it was simply a pair of socks. In Deathly Hallows, Harry realises Dumbledore must have seen his late family, in the same way he did. However, in the mirror in this scene, it is Dumbledore’s old friend Grindelwald that looms behind him.
The return of the Niffler
When the first trailer came out we panicked due to the lack of Nifflers. 'Where are the Nifflers?!', we cried in despair. Thankfully we are thrilled to report that Newt’s mischievous long-snouted, gold-grabbing friend is back once again in this trailer – popping out of Newt’s case, sniffing around Paris. We’re sure there’s lots of lovely, shiny Parisian jewellery to be found, little friend.
Zoë Kravitz, portraying Leta Lestrange, finally speaks in the new trailer – mournfully telling Newt ‘he never met a monster he couldn’t love’. Hagrid, much? So, is Leta talking about herself or one of Newt’s fantastic beasts here? Either way, as certified nosy parkers, we are very much looking forward to finding out more about Leta and whether she is one of the bad guys, the good guys, or somewhere in the middle…
Three’s a crowd
And bearing that question in mind, we do see Leta working alongside Tina and Newt in this action sequence together. Despite the other Lestranges we know about, maybe Leta isn’t so bad after all?
Credence is back
We already know of Ezra Miller’s return to the franchise, despite his ambiguous ending in the first Fantastic Beasts film. But not only is Credence in this film – definitely not dead – he’s more powerful and seething with rage. Or is that desperation? Credence is clearly learning to harness his intense powers… as we’ve seen in the previous trailer he seems to be able to control his Obscurus now. And although Credence seems to be in a bad way, we are glad that the charismatic Ezra is back for more magical larks.
‘Do you think Dumbledore will mourn for you?’
Newt, alongside his brother, Theseus, face Grindelwald in a fiery showdown. Behind Grindelwald is a character we know is called Vinda Rosier (we see her standing with him quite a few times, actually...) holding a glowing, golden orb-like object. We’ll take a wild guess that’s not some sort of premium version of a Remembrall...
The Deathly Hallows symbol
We’ve seen the Deathly Hallows symbol pop up quite a lot in Fantastic Beasts so far – as a necklace, creeping up in film posters, the screenplay, etc. In the trailer, we see embers of it dissipate in a puff of smoke. But why, exactly? We certainly know of Grindelwald’s obsession with the Deathly Hallows, an obsession he once shared with Dumbledore. And we definitely know that at least one Deathly Hallow features in the film because…
Grindelwald has the Elder Wand
Well, that settles that. The Elder Wand, one of the three Deathly Hallows, is definitely in Grindelwald’s possession during the events of this movie. There is simply no mistaking its recognisable berry-esque carvings that we remember oh-so-well from the Harry Potter films.
As far as we know, the next person to take the wand was Dumbledore after their famous 1945 duel. The Crimes of Grindelwald is set in the 1920s so... blimey, does that mean Grindelwald owns the wand for at least two decades? That doesn’t sound like a fun two decades, if so.
Just when we think the trailer is over – we get a pretty incredible surprise right after the end titles – it’s only world-famous alchemist Nicolas Flamel, creator of the Philosopher’s Stone! Flamel, played by Brontis Jodorowsky, is rather understandably confused for a ghost by poor, perplexed Jacob (imagine what it’ll be like when Jacob meets an actual ghost) and the pair have a fabulously awkward, creaky handshake. Well, Nicolas is getting on a bit…
‘The fate of one, the future of all.’
These enigmatic words are emblazoned across the trailer throughout – and of course we’re now wondering who ‘the one’ is. Is it Grindelwald, with his vision? Is it Newt? Is it Dumbledore? Is it the Niffler?! Okay, maybe not him. But we’re not ruling anybody out here!
Hopefully, all of our questions will be answered upon the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, coming out 16 November.