To quote Grindelwald himself, the moment has come. The latest addition to the lore of the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, is coming in November, and the final trailer has just been released.
Written by J.K. Rowling herself, this David Yates directed spin-off will continue the adventures that began in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We may think that we know what happened before the Boy Who Lived burst onto the scene, but we may not know everything. Far from it.
It’s time to drop this trailer into our pensieve and examine each and every detail. Watch the trailer itself here, and then mount your brooms.
This final trailer gives us a little bit of everything. We get plenty of glimpses of returning heroes Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), and Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller). And we also get new footage of some new faces, such as young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz), and Newt’s brother Theseus (Callum Turner).
There are plenty of new (and returning) magical creatures, as well as lots of action with our new (old) Voldemort, Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Let’s dive into this suitcase of wonder, shall we? Wands out, everyone.
GOOD TO HAVE A PLACE TO GO
The trailer begins with an exchange between Newt and Dumbledore, and it seems like this relationship will prove pivotal to the film. We know that Dumbledore gives Newt his mission for the movie, and here he is giving him some additional support. He provides Newt with the location of a magical safe house, should Newt need to seek safety, or just a place to have a cup of tea.
THE MOMENT HAS COME
Grindelwald starts monologuing, mostly to “those who stand for truth.” By that, he means other wizards who believe that their kind should be superior to Muggles. There are various shots taking place all over the wizarding world, but the real surprise comes when we see Credence at the circus.
Right before a performer (Claudia Kim) contorts herself, he whispers “Nagini” to her. Before we know it, the woman has transformed into Voldemort’s favorite pet snake. Nagini is not a fantastic beast, but more like a horrible horcrux — this presence in the film is most unexpected. Nagini isn't a horcrux yet at this moment in history, so we're left to wonder, is the giant snake nicer in a pre-Voldemort world? Maybe, but the odds aren’t good. Get ready for some of that Nagini backstory that you’ve been secretly longing for!
JOIN ME, OR DIE
Grindelwald looks like a seriously formidable wizard. There is a lot more of the coach sequence in this trailer, which flies through the air thanks to a group of Thestrals. If the carriage is being used to transport him, then we don’t think it succeeds; it looks like Grindelwald takes charge of it fairly quickly. While doing so, we hear him say, “Join me, or die” in voiceover. Seems like an all-or-nothing kind of guy, and that has us worried.
FOR OVER A CENTURY
Ah, a quick glimpse of the main hall of Hogwarts sets us back at ease. Switching from this to a lovely shot of Paris, we hear someone in voiceover saying, “The wizarding and non-wizarding worlds have been at peace for over a century. Grindelwald wants to see that peace destroyed.” Grindelwald has already made this fairly obvious, but it’s good to be completely clear about it.
We saw him in the previous trailer, but we see another quick shot of noted alchemist Nicholas Flamel looking at something with a troubled expression. He’s pretty old and has seen a great deal, so if he’s troubled, so are we. It’s good to see him outside, though we're a bit worried that the wind will blow him away.
YOU WANT ME TO HUNT HIM DOWN
Things are going Cornish Pixie all over the Wizarding World, with multiple shots of what appear to be “black silks of doom” rising to the skies. We can’t possibly see how these silks are a positive thing — they instantly make you think of Dementors, and they are the very opposite of positive.
Newt also asks Dumbledore if he's supposed to kill Grindelwald. Is this a mission that Dumbledore would give? Of course it is. It could turn out to be Harry vs. Voldemort all over again. Dumbledore had very good reasons for handing that burden off, but does he have the same reasons here?
IT HAS TO BE YOU
Speaking of Dumbledore, he doubles down in this section on the notion that he cannot be the one to take down Grindelwald. It has to be Newt, but we don’t really know why. We see Dumbledore looking into the Mirror of Erised, and he sees none other than young Grindelwald looking back at him. The image looks a lot like Jamie Campbell Bower, who played young Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. He's not listed in the cast yet, but if it's not him, then they found a dead-on lookalike.
We see plenty more things/people going berserk in this section, including more of the rising water seen in the previous trailer. The magical gears seen in the green-tiled building are seen again as well— this location pops up a few times, and has us wondering if this is the French Ministry of Magic.
RETURN OF THE PORTKEY
Jacob and Newt are together again! It warms the heart, but not as much as seeing Jacob and Queenie together again would. Still, it’s good to see these two off on another adventure, one that includes a famous magical device from the Harry Potter stories.
“I don’t do well on boats…” Jacob says, before Newt brings him to a bucket. The bucket is, of course, a Portkey (complete with someone who looks to be guarding it), and soon enough the two of them are whooshing away. Welcome back, Portkeys! That’ll clear your sinuses, eh?
WHY I ADMIRE YOU
We don’t know why Dumbledore can’t personally deal with Grindelwald, but here we do get a good idea of why he's chosen Newt. He greatly admires his former pupil, and lets him know why. As he says, “You do not seek power, you simply ask is a thing right.”
This is not just a great theme for the new series and for Newt as a character, it also points out a fundamental deficiency in Dumbledore. This is a man who, at one point, did seek power — he sought it with Grindelwald himself. When things went tragic, Dumbledore realized that he could never be trusted with it again. As a result, he turned down the job of Minister for Magic (over and over) and devoted his life to teaching.
Dumbledore has enough self-awareness not to go there again. He trusts Newt more than he trusts himself, and perhaps this is why he cannot deal with Grindelwald in person… at least not yet. We also see shots of Newt coming out of his case, Tina drinking tea, some creepy walls, and Newt (we think) riding a giant water creature.
I DON’T DO SIDES
Newt’s brother has overshadowed him his entire life, and now he’s breaking into Newt’s movie. He tells Newt that he has to pick a side, and Newt simply responds that he doesn’t party that way. It’s the kind of response that Dumbledore would be proud of— he doesn’t take sides, he just asks what is right.
Interestingly, this conversation looks like it could be taking place in the British Ministry of Magic. The hallways look very familiar. We could be wrong. Also of interest: a fiery magical beast, Queenie looking wet and broken (she had better be all right), and the return of Pickett the Bowtruckle! Yay Pickett!
PANIC AT HOGWARTS
It’s very brief, but it’s there— the all-too-familiar sight of students panicking at Hogwarts. Robed children are running around the grounds, and it looks like a Quidditch game in progress is being disrupted. Has Grindelwald's evil come to Hogwarts, or is it just Tuesday?
LET’S TAKE HIM
Not to be outdone in the heroism department, Theseus Scamander seems ready to fight Grindelwald himself. That’s not going to be easy, as Grindel-Depp immediately surrounds himself with blue fire. There are action shots aplenty, and we're betting that this stone amphitheater could be where the big showdown in the movie’s climax takes place. At the very least, a set piece will happen there.
THE BEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE
The trailer is full of darkness, but it thankfully ends on a moment of levity. Tina meets Theseus, and she wastes no time in magically binding him to a chair. It’s quick, efficient, and glorious. Newt can barely believe it, and tells her that it might be the best moment of his life. His girlfriend (unconfirmed, but we want it, so there) just kicked the garden gnomes out of his older brother, and Newt is overjoyed.
SEMI-FANTASTIC FINAL THOUGHTS AND WHERE TO HAVE THEM
While heavy on Dumbledore, Grindelwald, and Newt, the trailer is light on Tina, Jacob, and Queenie… at least in the spoken line department. We’re sure the riches will be more vastly spread in the film itself. Redmayne is still a joy to watch, and Law certainly looks like he has the ever-important charm of Dumbledore.
Something else that is very important? The trailer is packed to the gills with beasts of a fantastical nature. Even as he fights evil, it looks like Newt still loves and cares for these amazing creatures and that they will continue to play a major role. Here's hoping that the Swooping Evil of Newt will be able to contest the real evil of Grindelwald.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will apparate into cinemas on November 16.