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Things have been a little quiet on the Potter front for a while during the filming of the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (see our review). But then last night, as if by magic, the Fantastic Beasts twitter account dropped the first teaser image of the cast for the new sequel.
Here’s the official image from Warner Bros:
Eddie Redmayne is of course returning as Newt Scamander, as well as Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Dan Fogler as No-Maj Jacob Kowalski, and Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein. Additionally, Ezra Miller and Johnny Depp will be reprising their roles as Credence and the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald respectively.
The image is also our first look at Jude Law playing the young version of Albus Dumbledore, and Claudia Kim (last seen in The Dark Tower) as a mysterious character called a Maledictus, a character with “a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast”. We also get to see Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, who was apparently once close to Newt, but is now engaged to his brother Theseus, played by Callum Turner.
Here’s the official synopsis for the sequel, officially titled 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.
I remain unconvinced about Depp as Grindelwald. The character design for him just seems sleazy and completely out of step with the rest of the Potterverse, and I’m not sure if Depp is bringing anything different to the table with this particular performance. Nevertheless, I am excited to finally see Law as young Dumbledore, though how he managed to fall for such an oily Grindelwald beats me.
Fantastic Beasts:The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released a year from today, on 16 November 2018.