Get your wands ready! The first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has arrived, and with it we get a return to Hogwarts for the introduction of young Professor Dumbledore (Jude Law). Meanwhile, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is heading from New York City to Paris in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel.
Also showcased in this first spot are Scamander's new friends from the first movie, as well as an old flame, some familiar and new magical creatures, great shots of the city of lights and teases of a coming darkness. What there's not a lot of in this first spot is the title character, now played in full by Johnny Depp, but there's just enough. In the words of Jacob (Dan Fogler), "Genius."
Watch the first trailer below followed by everything we know about the upcoming sequel.
Is that a new Wizarding World logo?
Yes. If you've been wondering if your use of "Wizarding World" as a franchise name for all things Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts was correct, this teaser has an official logo for the designation. And yes, all those wands have significance.
What is #WandsReady?
From a press release announcing the trailer, the trailer teaser and the #WandsReady promotion:
Today is an exciting day for the Wizarding World! This morning Warner Bros. launched #WandsReady – a global social activation mobilizing Wizarding World fans to ready their wands in anticipation of the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which will debut tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13.
Fans everywhere are encouraged to join together, via social media, as the adventure in the Wizarding World continues in the new Fantastic Beasts film—either by posting a photo of themselves with their own wand with the hashtag, or by using the #WandsReady photo uploader on FantasticBeasts.com, which will allow them to create a personalized magical video to share on their social channels.
Everyone who has been on this exciting journey through the Wizarding World would love to see you share YOUR best #WandsReady photo! As always, we thank you for your support and look forward to sharing the movie with all of you this November.
Who is back for the new movie?
Eddie Redmayne, who led us on the 2016 adventure of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, returns as famed wizard and writer Newt Scamander. He is again joined by new friends Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler as fellow wizards Tina and Queenie and the No-Maj Jacob, respectively. Also reprising their villainous roles are Johnny Depp as the titular Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald and Ezra Miller as Credence.
Who are the new additions?
Jude Law is the biggest newcomer to the cast of the sequel, portraying a young Albus Dumbledore, the iconic Hogwarts headmaster everyone knows and loves from the Harry Potter series. Also, Zoe Kravitz plays Newt's old flame, Leta Lestrange, while Callum Turner plays his brother, Theseus. Rounding out the main ensemble is Claudia Kim as a circus star named Maledictus.
What is the plot this time?
As we saw at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Grindelwald has been discovered pretending to be Auror Percival Graves, and he's now in custody... But not for long. The official synopsis from Warner Bros.:
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) 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.
Who is the director of the sequel?
David Yates, who also helmed the first movie as well as the last four of the Harry Potter movies.
Who are the writers this time?
J.K. Rowling, creator and author of the Harry Potter books and screenwriter of the first Fantastic Beasts.
When does it come out?
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters everywhere on November 16.