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SDCC: Johnny Depp shows up in-character as Grindelwald during Fantastic Beasts 2 panel

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Jul 21, 2018, 2:25 PM EDT

The WB takeover of Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con began with a look at Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald...and things certainly took a few quirky twists. 

Cast members Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne, Zoe Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Claudia Kim and Dan Fogler were all in attendance, and things began with Eddie Redmayne coming onstage with a wand and waving it around. Not to be outdone, Ezra Miller (who also plays The Flash in the DCEU) was dressed as Toadette

After showing a new trailer, the cast took some questions. Law described the story, saying "the Muggle world and Wizard world are pitched against each other, but the wizards are asked which side of the line and which side they're joining. The depths of this story are probably the darkest this has plumbed." 

Another fan asked what the cast would use real-life wizard powers for, and Miller responded by saying, "I would destroy the patriarchy." After Law described his young Albus Dumbledore as "a very sprightly 45," he went on to say that, "you have to remember that the Dumbledore we remember from the Harry Potter films is more than 100 years older...David Yates our wonderful director really let me free in establishing him in his own right."

That's when Grindelwald himself, Johnny Depp, came onstage in character and in full costume. Grindelwald, it should be noted, is the Voldemort of this series. If there was one member of this cast that we would have bet serious galleons on not appearing, it was Depp— his presence in the film has caused a lot of controversey among fans

"The moment has come for us to rise up and take out rightful place in the world," he said, which is an interesting thing to say right after a Toadette-dressed Flash talked about destroying the patriarchy. 


Yes, this really happened. 

The cast left the stage after that— there was really no following it, we suppose. That Depp showed up was a surprise beyond belief, but that he showed up the way he did? Some moments are truly ineffable. 

A new poster for the film was shown as well, which you can see here: 


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Magic may or may not be real, but remember — always expect the unexpected. Even if the unexpected comes in the form of a fully costumed Johnny Depp. 

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