Warner Bros. has released brand-new images from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and they're pretty magical.
For starters, we get a close-up look at Jude Law's young Albus Dumbledore before he let his hair and beard grow out. He's leaning on a desk in what is probably his office at Hogwarts castle. Remember, he was still the Transfiguration teacher at the time of the events of the first Fantastic Beasts and won't become headmaster until 1956. Standing behind him is another wizard in a trenchcoat, who could be a member of the Ministry asking for Dumbledore's help in catching Grindelwald.
"In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world," said WB in a press release about the film's plot.
Newt and Grindelwald are also part of the new production stills.
In particular, we see a reunion between Eddie Redmayne's Newt and No-Maj (or Muggle) Jacob Kowalski — played by Dan Fogler — who was Obliviated (his memory of magic erased) at the end of the last movie. The picture of them shows the pair walking together on a cobblestone street that may or may not be in London. Newt's got his trusty case of magical creatures (let's hope he fixed the latch), and Jacob's got himself a metal bucket (maybe he's coughing up slugs?). There's also an image of Redmayne standing alone in a running sewer. What compels him to go underground is anyone's guess at this point, but maybe it's some sort of Goonies-esque adventure.
Johnny Depp makes an appearance as the movie's titular villain, standing in the middle of the street with Poppy Corby-Tuech's Vinda Rosier. Most likely one of Grindelwald's devoted followers, she is the ancestor of Evan Rosier, one of the Death Eaters who would later join up with Voldemort.
Finally, we have a picture of Law and Redmayne shooting the breeze in between takes on set while in costume. They look pretty friendly, which means we'll get a good student-teacher dynamic onscreen. Dumbledore argued against the expulsion of Newt from Hogwarts, so he'll probably take on the role of father figure for the magical zoologist who feels like an outsider.
All the new characters and magical world building are the most exciting part of the sequel. In addition to seeing a younger Dumbledore and Grindelwald, we'll also see a magical circus run by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson's Skender, a wizard bounty hunter played by Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, and the introduction to Brontis Jodorowsk's Nicolas Flamel, Dumbledore's friend and creator of the Sorcerer's Stone, which caused so much trouble in the first Harry Potter book. At the risk of sounding foolhardy, a pre-Potter story is almost more intriguing because we have no idea what's going to happen.
For a gallery of all the new images, look below ...