On Monday, Harry Potter fans and press were treated to a daylong event celebrating the release of the final Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer. Before the rest of the world watched the trailer Tuesday morning, a packed room in New York City saw it alongside cast members Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski), Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone), Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander), and Claudia Kim (Nagini).
"It's exciting. We're as excited as you are to see [the trailer] like this," Fogler enthused after the room watched the trailer twice.
If you've seen the trailer, then you know there's certainly a lot to be excited about, including a big name drop author J.K. Rowling teased to fans earlier Monday. Turns out that name is Nagini, who is played in The Crimes of Grindelwald by Kim. For months, there's been a fan theory circulating online that Kim would be playing Voldemort's trusted snake and Horcrux. Now we know for certain that Kim's Nagini is a member of the traveling circus and a Maledictus, "a carrier of a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast."
The cast was impressed, according to Miller, that fans guessed who Kim was from the beginning. Kim said Monday that now that her character has been revealed, she's still nervous about fans' reactions.
"I've never said the name. Not even on set. Remember at the table read? I introduced myself as Natalie," she said.
While that mystery was answered and we had hints of what's to come in the trailer, fans were still left with questions, like how Jacob remembers everything after being Obliviated. According to Fogler, we won't have to wait long to find out in the film because the character "lays it out the first moment you see him."
Treated to more scenes of Newt's brother Theseus, as well as Leta Lestrange (played by Zoë Kravitz), those in the room wondered what the connection between the two characters might be, given the fact that we know a bit about Newt's history with Leta. Turner revealed that Lestrange is his fiancée, which led to gasps and questions of how Theseus could do that to Newt. Turner, whose character is a Hufflepuff just like his brother, pointed to their age: "They were young. They were at school. We're so different."
Romance wasn't far from the thoughts of fans beyond Lestrange. When asked if there will be any tension between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, a topic that has led to much discussion from fans and creators, Miller only asked, "What does the Mirror of Erised show you?" Since it shows "nothing more or less than your deepest, most desperate desire of your heart," the fact that Dumbledore sees Grindelwald in the mirror should say it all. When someone responded that people will still insist that the characters are only friends, Miller elaborated.
"I mean, if someone is really trying to bury their head so deeply in that particular bucket of sand, then poor baby. They'll always be able to do that, right? It's the Muggle inability to see magic, right?" he replied.
Fogler said that whereas the first movie was about all the characters meeting, this one now sees them dispersed and it's about "trying to get the band back together."
"There's a lot of chasing down your lover in this movie. Everyone's trying to chase their lover," he explained.
The cast confirmed the film is going to be dark. After all, Grindelwald escapes, and fans know as long as he's free the wizarding world goes through a very dark time. Fogler said he refers to The Empire Strikes Back when discussing Crimes.
"In Empire, the good guys take a hit and the bad guys even the score in the most delicious way that leaves you wanting more. That's what happens," he said.
Add to that the truly fantastic new beasts we glimpse in the trailer, and there's a lot to look forward to in The Crimes of Grindelwald when it arrives in theaters November 16.
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