Put down that Bowtruckle for a second so you can watch the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the upcoming sequel to 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Taking place before the events of Harry Potter, the sequel will focus on the nefarious exploits of the European dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), who is amassing power (and followers) during the 1920s and 1930s. Out to stop him are magical zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), teaming up with his old Hogwarts professor, a brown-haired Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), who was actually friends with Grindelwald when the two were younger.
Check out the magical trailer below with an exclusive SYFY introduction from none other than Redmayne himself:
There's SOOOOO much to unpack from this trailer and it's less than two minutes in length! Ministry of Magic officials appear at Hogwarts to ask Dumbledore why Newt Scamander is heading to Paris. They highly suspect Newt's operating on Albus's orders and as Law gives a playful smile on a windswept rooftop, we know that while the Transfiguration teacher is young, he's up to his old tricks. Plus, Dumbledore's Deluminator! Thestrals! and the return of Jacob! To ask if we're excited for this sequel is like asking if a Bezoar will cure you from most poisons.
Both the official Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter Twitter accounts teased the trailer yesterday, which included the first chapter of the first book, Sorcerer's Stone (complete with Mary GrandPré's illustration of baby Harry) and introducing the hashtag #WandsReady.
Also tweeted was a new poster showing Newt and Dumbeldore standing back-to-back. If you're an astute Potterhead, you'll notice the hazy sign of the Deathly Hallows in the background:
Reprising their roles are Katherine Waterston (Porpentina Goldstein), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), and Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone). Newcomers to the cast include: Zoe Kravitz (Leta Lestrange), Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander), Poppy Corby-Tuech (Vinda Rosier), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Skender, the head of a wizarding circus and freakshow), Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson (Grimmson, a bounty hunter), and Brontis Jodorowsky (Nicolas Flamel).
Many are excited to see Law's take on a young Dumbledore, although some fans were upset when returning director David Yates said that Dumbledore's sexuality would not be overtly explored in the sequel. Rowling, returning as screenwriter, asked people to be patient since there are five planned films for the franchise and thus, plenty of time to develop the character. There was also an uproar over the casting of Depp, who was accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife Amber Heard. However, Warner Brothers, Rowling, and producer David Heyman all stood by him. Even Daniel Radcliffe weighed in on the matter.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald apparates into a theater near you on Nov. 16.