Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for the Wizarding World sequel that will introduce us to a young Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law (Captain Marvel), before he became Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Watch the action-packed final trailer below:
Despite being captured by the American magical government at the end of the first film, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) has broken free and seeks to bring the magical world out of hiding. Dumbledore recruits the help of his former student, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) before Grindelwald can gain a steady foothold in Europe and overthrow the Muggles.
Why can't Dumbledore simply take care of the villain himself? Well, it all goes back to his personal history with Grindelwald when they were both young men. While the two were the best of friends, planning to overthrow the Muggles and seek the Deathly Hallows, their relationship ended badly. It concluded with the death of Albus' sister, Ariana, the result of a heated duel between Albus, Grindelwald, and Albus's brother, Aberforth.
Albus was terrified that it was he who cast the spell that killed Ariana and waited so long to confront his old friend, lest Grindelwald confirm his worst fear. Losing his sister taught him a valuable lesson that he was not to be trusted or tempted with the idea of power. This prompts him to tap Newt, who does not seek power, but only ever asks if something is right, an admirable trait we later see in the character of Harry James Potter.
Of course, Dumbledore finally did face and defeat Gellert (whom he also loved) during their legendary duel in 1945, but that's a story for another time.
Also returning for the sequel are Muggle baker (Jacob Kowalski), the Goldstein sisters (Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol), MACUSA President Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo), and Obscurus Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller).
And while we'll be more than happy to see our favorite characters again, the sequel will also bring in a bunch of new faces and creatures, from Thestrals to Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz). In addition, we'll get to visit a magical circus and meet Newt's older brother Theseus (Callum Turner), as well as Dumbledore's old friend, creator of the Sorcerer's (or Philosopher's) Stone, Nicolas Flamel (Brontis Jodorowsky).
Speaking of magical circuses, did you notice that sly Nagini reference in the trailer? She'll be played by Claudia Kim and will be a Maledictus, an individual under a curse that resigns them to a bestial fate. Credence mentions her name right before she turns into a massive snake, which later becomes the deadly sidekick/living horcrux of none other than Lord Voldemort. How she ended up in the remote forests of Albania is anyone's guess.
Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling returned as screenwriter for the movie, while David Yates returned to direct. This is his sixth Potter-related movie, since 2007's Order of the Phoenix adaptation.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will fly a Ford Anglia straight into movie theater screens on Friday, Nov. 16.