Hot on the heels of Warner Bros.’ first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, we’ve got a frame-by-frame analysis of said trailer for your viewing and reading pleasure. (Or you can just stare at Dreamy Dumbledore a while more, we don’t mind.) There’s a lot going on between the frames here and we didn’t want to miss a moment of it, but if you’re afeared of possible spoilers–or even speculative ones–then feel free to skip on by, or just watch the trailer again.
For the fearless among you, join us as we take a look at the new and returning characters for Fantastic Beasts 2, the new and familiar locations on display, and just what those locales have to tell us about the film’s possible plot points. And while Fantastic Beasts fans will surely be pleased with this first trailer, Warner Bros. really went out of their way to make sure everyone on Earth knows that this is also a Harry Potter story, something that’s very evident in our breakdown. Let’s get into it!
The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Zoe Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, and Claudia Kim. David Yates‘ sure-to-be fantastic sequel opens in theaters on November 16th.
By way of a primer on what we’re about to talk about, here’s the official synopsis for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald:
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.