Warner Bros. on Tuesday dropped the first teaser for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and it focuses almost entirely on the younger, more suave Dumbledore, who is being portrayed by Jude Law. Incidentally, Law is the third actor to play the character on the big screen, following up Richard Harris and Michael Gambon.
The teaser attempts to lay the groundwork for what to expect from the sequel. This time, Dumbledore and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) will combat the growing threat of Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), a powerful dark wizard who seeks to lead a new Wizarding Order.
Grindelwald was captured by the Magical Congress of the United States of America in the first film, but he has escaped, and is seeking to wreak havoc on the Ministry of Magic. Here’s the official plot synopsis:
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). 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 (Jude Law) 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.
Many of Fantastic Beasts’ characters are returning, including Porpetina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), and Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), who was perceived to have died in the first movie.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald looks every bit as fun and charming as the first film, which makes sense, considering many of the key players, including J.K. Rowling as the writer, are behind the sequel. The movie is set for release on November 16, 2018.