Alright, Potterheads! Have I got news for you.
The unnamed sequel to the wildly popular Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has started filming this week in London. With this comes a whole new host of spoilers and goodies.
So sit down with some butterbeer and let’s get down to some business.
First and foremost, we have a film synopsis which sounds delightfully intense, whimsical, and dark. In a word, it sounds perfect. The second film picks up a few months following the first film.
Grindlewald (Johnny Depp) has escaped MACUSA (that’s the Magical Congress of the United States, for you non-Potterheads) as promised and is amassing followers who believe that magical beings are far more superior than non-magical beings.
As a result, Dumbledore (played this time by the brilliant Jude Law) is forced into tracking his former friend and lover down with the help of Newt (Eddie Redmayne) and the entire cast from the first film. That includes Queenie (Alison Sudol), Tina (Katherine Waterson), and Jacob (Dan Fogler). Other members of the cast include Ezra Miller as Creedence—whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film; Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange who was in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo as a picture in Newt’s case.
Hopefully this means that Newt’s past will be explored in this film. Leta, in my humble opinion, is a better option than Tina at the moment in terms of Newt’s love interest.
New cast members include Callum Turner as Newt’s brother Theseus; William Nadylam as a wizard named Yusuf; Ingvar Sigurdsson as a bounty hunter; Olafur Darri Olafsson as Skender; and Kevin Guthrie who plays Abernathy Queenie and Tina’s boss at MACUSA. Rounding out the cast will be Claudia Kim who is playing an unnamed woman in a magical circus.
A magical circus, Dumbledore, Grindlewald, Leta Lestrange, and more adorable Newt? I cannot with this film. It’s going to be everything Potterheads are hoping for.
Other little tidbits we’ve learned is that this film may possibly explore Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship in depth. Hopefully, this means we can expect an open gay Dumbledore which is in line with what J.K. Rowling envisioned with the character. With Rowling returning to write the script, we can expect loads of Easter eggs and new information on these beloved characters.
Also, we have a timeline for the five films in the franchise. Rowling herself took to twitter to say that the franchise starts in 1926 and ends in 1945, which means we’ll see the famous duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald that was mentioned in Deathly Hallows. My little heart can’t handle the suspense. I’m sure I’m not alone among fellow Potterheads. We’re exploring a huge chunk of history in this franchise that was previously unknown to us.
David Yates is returning to helm Fantastic Beasts 2. Its planned release date is November 16, 2018.
Until then, keep your eyes here for news as principal filming continues on into the fall.