Pottermore Announces Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald With First Look At Cast And Synopsis

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It was announced yesterday that the next movie in the Fantastic Beasts series will be released on November 16, 2018. We have been given a textbook full of information on the new movie, which is called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Pottermore announced the title of the new movie earlier today, which we will only have 365 days to wait to watch.  Along with the title, the synopsis of the movie was also released which as we can see below shows things have changed since we last saw everyone’s favourite Magizoologist.

“At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (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.”

As if this wasn’t enough we are also being given the first look at the characters who we will come to know and love (or hate) in a years time. Some of the characters are familiar to fans of the first movie, including Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, Dan Folger’s Jacob Kowalski, and Ezra Miller’s Credence. Of course, Johnny Depp is returning as the eponymous Grindelwald, who was last seen being captured by the MACUSA.

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Alongside our returning characters, we have a whole raft of new characters to welcome into Newt’s world, including the long-awaited proper look at Jude Law’s younger incarnation of Albus Dumbledore. Law looks very dapper as the younger Dumbledore who we know has a close relationship with Newt, who describes him as “more than a school teacher to me.”

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In the photo we are introduced to Theseus Scamander, Newt’s older brother, who is engaged to the illusive Leta LeStrange.  As we learn, Theseus is very different to the impetuous Newt, he is Head of the Auror’s office for the Ministry of Magic, and a war hero. We will also meet new characters including Torquil Travers, and Rosier (names which will be recognisable to fans of the Harry Potter universe). We will also finally meet Nicholas Flamel, the inventor of the Philosopher’s Stone.

From earlier teasers from the Fantastic Beasts twitter, we also know that Newt has finished his seminal work Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. 

Whereas the action in the first Fantastic Beasts movie was all set in New York, we know that Newt will be travelling further afield for the second movie, which is set just a few months after the end of the first movie. We will also get our first glimpse in the Wizarding World of Paris. We will also get to see the familiar world of Diagon Alley and Wizarding London and how it looked in 1927. With the screenplay written by J.K. Rowling herself, we all know that the Wizarding World is in safe hands.

As we impatiently wait for our first trailer to land, I am sure that Pottermore will share more information with us.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released on November 16, 2018

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