The first full-length trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has finally landed. And we’re willing to bet that only a true Harry Potter fan would have spotted these little details and Easter eggs ….
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™, so, naturally, there’s a lot of excitement around it. And now, at long last, we’ve been given our first peek at what’s to come in the magical movie.
At the end of the first film, as fans will recall, the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie 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 (Jude 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.
Well, that’s what the official plot synopsis tells us, at least. However, there are a few extra little details hiding in the trailer which suggest there’s more to this upcoming film than meets the eye.
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There’s a lot going on here: as previously reported by EW, Newt is heading to Paris (each of the next five sequels of the Fantastic Beasts tales will be set in a different part of the globe) – but he will be making a return to the hallowed halls of Hogwarts, too.
The trailer also makes it clear that Credence (Ezra Miller) is alive and well, that Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz) is engaged to Theseus, Newt’s brother, and that the memory wipe used on muggle Jacob (Dan Fogler) in the first film clearly hasn’t worked, as he’s back hanging out with Newt. Fan favourites Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie (Alison Sudol) will be making a comeback, too – although you’d be forgiven for not realising that, especially considering they make such a fleeting appearance in the trailer.
Perhaps more importantly, though, is the fact that there are plenty of callbacks to the original Harry Potter series for fans to get stuck into as well.
Here are just five of the Easter Eggs hiding in the trailer…
1) The Deathly Hallows are back…
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has a great logo at the end of the trailer. At a first glance, it looks like it’s just the film’s title – but, upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that each of the Deathly Hallows are hidden within the logo. The ‘i’ in crimes, the ‘o’ in of, and the ‘a’ in Grindelwald symbolise the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility in turn.
2) Classroom 3C makes an appearance
When Dumbledore is being questioned about Newt, you’ll note he’s standing in a very familiar room: yup, those vaulted ceilings and divvied windows are the very same ones seen in Classroom 3C, the Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom. But, as Dumbledore is a Transfiguration teacher at this point in his career, it remains to be seen why he’s hanging out in the DATD room…
3) Torquil Travers
In the scene where Dumbledore is being questioned about Newt, the man interrogating him is Torquil Travers. As die-hard Potterheads will know already, Torquil hails from the Travers family, one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight pure-blood families in the Wizarding World (many of whom supported Voldemort as Death Eater fodder), so it makes sense to assumed that Torquil will lean into a villainous role as the story progresses…
4) The Deluminator
This magical item was first introduced in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, when Dumbledore famously brought the Chosen One to the Dursley house at No. 4 Privet Drive under the cover of darkness. He later passed it on to Ron Weasley, who learned that the Deluminator doesn’t just switch off lights: it can also act as a homing device. In fact, when Ron lost contact with his friends in the Deathly Hallows books, it acted as a guide, leading him back to Harry and Hermione.
In the trailer for Fantastic Beasts 2, we see a shadowy figure using a Deluminator on a misty streets: anyone else think Dumbledore is using it to meet up with his favourite student, Newt, in private?
You’ll note that the Ministry of Magic are seen apparating onto the bridge outside Hogwarts – which isn’t a big deal, until you remember the fact that it’s a known rule from the Harry Potter era that nobody can apparate into the wizarding school, regardless of their departmental status.
Perhaps this means that the rule is put into place because of this movie’s events?
Last year, an image of two wands, put out by Warner Bros, had Potterheads in full-on conspiracy mode, with Twitter users speculating that the wands signified a coming battle between good wizards and dark arts to rival Harry and Voldemort’s final fight in Hogwarts.
That’s right: for those who don’t remember every detail of the books, Gellert Grindelwald (who will be portrayed by Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, much to the dismay of many fans) was the dark wizard whom Albus Dumbledore was friends with – and secretly in love with – when the pair were younger.
A heartbroken Dumbledore was eventually forced to defeat his childhood sweetheart in battle, securing control of the Elder Wand in the process. However, it remains to be seen whether or not the romantic element of their relationship will be included in the Fantastic Beasts films.
“Not explicitly,” David Yates previously said, when asked if the film makes it clear that Dumbledore is gay.
“But I think all the fans are aware of that. He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology and each other.”
Following a backlash, though, JK Rowling implied that Dumbledore’s sexuality would be explored later in the franchise.
Being sent abuse about an interview that didn't involve me, about a screenplay I wrote but which none of the angry people have read, which is part of a five-movie series that's only one instalment in, is obviously tons of fun, but you know what's even *more* fun? pic.twitter.com/Rj6Zr8aKUk— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 31, 2018
“Being sent abuse about an interview that didn’t involve me, about a screenplay I wrote but which none of the angry people have read, which is part of a five-movie series that’s only one instalment in, is obviously tons of fun, but you know what’s even *more* fun?,” Rowling posted, followed by a video of someone pressing a mute button.
We guess all that we can do is wait and see what happens, eh?
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is slated for release on 16 November 2018.
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