At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, director David Yates left Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander still burgeoning as an adventuring magical biologist/naturalist. However, a new set image reveals the film will feature the publication of Scamander’s magnum opus from which the films derive their name.
While the first film was set in 1926, the book was published in ‘27, which gives us a year between the two films during which much will have gone down. The book launch takes place at Flourish & Botts, which will return Harry Potter fans to Diagon Alley (notably, the north side, which may come in handy during a wizarding turf war) if the launch does in fact see screen time. The closeness of the image masks whether the launch sign appears as a timely advertisement or a cherished souvenir, but the fact that we’ve established that a year has passed between the first and second film uncovers one of the first temporal details of the film.
As Collider reports, we have a scant plot synopsis for the film, but not much else -- not even a title. All we really know is the casting -- Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, and Dan Fogler all join the returning Redmayne to reprise their characters. Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz, and Jessica Williams are some of the other exciting faces making their Potterverse debuts, but how they all fit together is still a mystery and will likely remain so until next year.
Until then, the official synopsis is below, along with the new image:
"J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay for the film, which opens in 1927, a few months after Newt helped to unveil and capture the infamous Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. However, as he promised he would, Grindelwald has made a dramatic escape and has been gathering more followers to his cause—elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one who might be able to stop him is the wizard he once called his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander. The adventure reunites Newt with Tina, Queenie and Jacob, but his mission will also test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world."
The Fantastic Beasts sequel (which is as-of-yet unnamed) opens November 16, 2018.