Oscar winning actor Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald, which sees the introduction of a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) who wishes to recruit Scamander to bring down the powerful rogue wizard Gillert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them took us back into the Wizarding World following the hugely successful run of Harry Potter films started in 2001. The J.K. Rowling novel-based series had many easter eggs and side stories, and the author along with producer David Yates just couldn’t keep away form the material, much to the joy of fans. Serving as a predecessor to the events of the HP series, Fantastic Beasts followed Scamander in his mission to locate his missing magical creatures in New York City. While able to make many friends and allies along the way, Scamander also ended up coming across some not so great company in the form of Grindelwald. While Grindelwald was mentioned and even seen briefly later on in the Potter films the character’s life has yet to be explored more deeply, and it seems that Fantastic Beasts 2 will be doing just that.
Given the character’s nature (and the fact that movie is called the CRIMES of Gindelwald), the film is set to be a little darker than the first. Having covered NYC in Fantastic Beasts, the sequel takes Scamander and his acquaintances to Paris where they will presumably be running into Grindelwald, having escaped the custody of the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Dumbledore and Scamander plan to stop him before it’s too late.
Speaking with EW, Redmayne indicated that the movie will play more like a thriller while also bringing in more of the Potter lore:
“It’s darker and more rigorous and weaving in the Potter lore we’re much more familiar with. So these characters you met in the first film are now in the wizarding world you understand more thoroughly. When I read [the script] it had these cryptic elements to it and it played like a thriller that made it a page-turner.”
It seems the film will also draw on familiar themes, such as pure-blood wizards who Grindelwald wants to raise up above all non-magical beings. As part of an ongoing series, Fantastic Beasts 2 will no doubt bring that main story to the forefront of the films moving forward and perhaps end with a final battle with the elder wand-carrying wizard (much like with Voldemort).
Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindewald opens November 16th