Did you feel a little short-changed by J.K. Rowling’s long-anticipated Harry Potter follow-up, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Well, apparently you’ve got good company.
Eddie Redmayne, who played Newt Scamander in the film, was on hand at CinemaCon yesterday to support the upcoming sequel — again written by Rowling — Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. However, in doing so, he may have inadvertently taken a little support away from the original.
“As someone who has grown up watching all of J.K. Rowling’s films, I had always dreamt of going to Hogwarts and I felt a little short-changed that I didn’t get to go to Hogwarts [in the first Fantastic Beasts film], so in this film I get to go to Hogwarts,” Redmayne told the cinema-industry (and cinema press) audience (via EW).
The gathered crowd at CinemaCon can certainly attest to that. Warner Bros. showed off plenty more footage of the film (some of which we expect to drop in trailer form soon), beyond what we glimpsed in the teaser from March. The shots featured Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore teaching a class at the venerable wizarding school. And one of his pupils happens to be young Scamander.
The footage shows Dumbledore — who Redmayne described as having an “amazing, quixotic, eccentric joy to him” — teaching Scamander and his classmates that “everyone is scared of something.” Dumbledore then unleashes a boggart upon his student, which shape shifts into a desk, which represents an office job: Scamander’s biggest fear.
The new footage also shows some of the growing tensions between muggles and the magic community, led more and more by Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, who sounds a little bit like the Magneto of the wizarding world. Which kind of makes Dumbledore like Professor X.
But for some reason, Dumbledore “can’t move against Grindelwald,” as he says to Newt, “It has to be you.”
Dumbledore wasn’t the only callback to the Potter films in the new footage; the audience also got a look at Nicolas Flamel, meeting Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler, aka comic relief). Kowalski asks pale and old-looking Flamel (Brontis Jodorowsky) if he’s a ghost. To which the longtime Potter character replies, “No, I’m alive, but I’m an alchemist, and therefore immortal.”
Hopefully, we'll get a chance to see some of the new footage in a full trailer soon, as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens wide Nov. 16. Do you expect magic to happen?