We're still a year away from the Fantastic Beasts sequel, but that won't stop Potterheads from picking apart every single piece of promotional material released by Warner Bros. As they should! Unless you've got a Time Turner (and, if you recall, the Ministry's entire supply of them was smashed), there's no other way to pass the time until November 16, 2019.
The first logo for The Crimes of Grindelwald has made its way online, and it already contains a major easter egg for fans of the franchise. Take a look:
See it yet? No? Okay, we'll tell you! The "I" in "Crimes," the "O" in "Of," and the "A" in "Grindelwald" stand for the Deathly Hallows. Readers of the seven Harry Potter books already know what they are, but for you laymen out there, the Deathly Hallows are three magical objects of incredible power. They consist of the Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone, and Invisibility Cloak, each thought to be created by Death himself, or so The Tale of the Three Brothers goes in The Tales of Beedle the Bard. However, Albus Dumbledore is more of the mind that they were made by three very skilled and dangerous wizards, the Peverell brothers of the story, Antioch, Cadmus, and Ignotus, the third of whom is Harry's distant ancestor.
The first is the most powerful wand in existence, usually passing from wizard to wizard via murder; the second can recall the dead, but they are more shadow than substance; and the third can hide anyone who wears it and is invulerable against age or summoning charms, whereas invisibility cloaks made from Demiguise hair will eventually fade with time. It is said that anyone who can unite the Hallows will become master of Death.
Together, they form the following symbol, which Grindelwald carved into a wall at Durmstrang before being expelled:
Prior to the events of the seventh book, these items were sought out by wizards across the centuries, including a young Dumbledore and Grindelwald before their falling-out in Godric's Hollow. They held a powerful attraction among the two wizards who, along with questing for the Hallows, were planning to overthrow the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy and establish dominance over the Muggle world. The two naive boys wanted the Hallows for very different reasons. For instance, Albus wanted the cloak and stone to hide his unwell sister (who was most likely an Obscurus) and bring his parents back to life so he would no longer have to be the leader of the family. Grindelwald, on the other hand, wanted the stone to raise an army of undead soldiers known as Inferi.
After the death of Ariana Dumbledore, Grindelwald fled and, somewhere along the line, stole the Elder Wand from the celebrated wandmaker Mykew Gregorovitch. From there, Grindelwald began a campaign of terror and murder in Europe, becoming the most feared dark wizard until Voldermort came onto the scene a generation later. In 1945, Dumbledore finally faced his old friend for a legendary duel and won the Elder Wand, gaining himself a Hallow and a place on the Chocolate Frog cards.
The official Fantastic Beasts Twitter tweeted out a photo of the Elder Wand next to Dumbledore's own, so you know stuff's gonna go down between the two.
The symbol for the Hallows showed up in the form of a necklace given to Credence (Ezra Miller) by Grindelwald masquerading as Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) in the first Fantastic Beasts. As such, it's safe to assume these objects will play a huge role in the sequel's plot, even more so now that a younger Dumbledore (Jude Law) will be introduced alongside Johnny Depp's Grindelwald. When it comes to actual plot, Albus will seek out the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), as the magical zoologist had defeated Gellert once before. With the first movie taking place in 1926 (the same year Voldy was born!), there's no telling how much time will have passed in this world when we reconnect with these characters in TCOG.
Since this franchise is set to be comprised of five films, the famous duel between the two may not be shown in this installment, but that doesn't mean we won't get some great fight sequences and a further exploration into Dumbledore's deep remorse over the death of his sister, which prevented him from standing up to Grindelwald for a long time. That's because Ariana died as the result of a duel between Albus, his brother Aberforth, and Grindelwald. Fearing that it was he who had struck the deadly blow and afraid that Gellert knew it, Dumbledore pushed off their fight until he could no longer ignore the death and destruction.
Deep stuff and tricky to show onscreen, but J.K. wrote the script, so we're not too worried.