Ladies and gentlemen, we finally have a title. After months of speculation, it has been revealed that the second installment in the Fantastic Beasts film series, due to be released on 16 November 2018, will be The Crimes of Grindelwald. A plot summary was revealed alongside a first teaser from the film, and fans are going into meltdown over the fact it looks like the film is going to feature a serious battle between good and evil - something far more epic than the sweet, but soft-focused, first installment.
Grindelwald appeared in the Harry Potter books as a villainous wizard from Dumbledore’s cohort. Obsessed with cementing a hierarchy of magical beings and ruling over the ‘no-maj’ community, he was captured at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Now, he’s escaped. Oh dear.
Yesterday 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.
I bet this is Grindelwald’s wand. I love that it’s the inverted version of Dumbledore’s.— Sandra Lannister (@sandralannister) November 15, 2017
Alongside returning favourites, including Redmayne and Dan Fogler, several new actors have been added to the cast for the new film, including Callum Turner as Newt’s brother Theseus Scamander, and Zoë Kravitz as his fiancée Leta Lestrange. Then there’s the main event (in our eyes at least): Jude Law as a young Dumbledore. When his casting was revealed in April everyone was extremely excited, with the majority of fans agreeing that the twinkly-eyed charmer is a good choice to be taking up the great wizard’s mantle. Law looks the part in the just-released image, with his long coat, beard and receding hair line suggestive of a bookish young teacher.
Ready yourselves: Jude Law and Eddie Redmayne are sure to be the double act of our non-maj dreams.
Image: Warner Bros