Only a week to go for the release of the next movie in the Fantastic Beasts series. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald hits theatres internationally and in India on the 16th of November. So you can watch it with the rest of the world. Going by the first reviews, this one is going to be a treat for the Potter fans or Potterheads, as we like to call ourselves. It is highly anticipated, especially given its connections to the Harry Potter movies that we missed in the previous movie. Characters from our childhood-favorite film series make an appearance here but there’s more to look forward to in the upcoming movie. Here’s what has us most excited about Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald.
Albus Dumbledore will feature in the upcoming movie as we have seen him in every trailer. This one is a younger version of the Headmaster and will be played by popular British actor Jude Law. From the trailers, it is apparent that Dumbledore doesn’t have a big part to play in the film itself yet his character will be crucial to the plot. We cannot wait to be besotted with more of his wit and wisdom.
The Dumbledore-Grindelwald Battle
You must be aware of the legendary battle between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) if you have read the Harry Potter books. While we might not witness the ultimate duel in this film, we do get to see the tension brewing between the two best friends prior to the event. The Deathly Hallows also make an appearance, as seen in the trailers and the film poster.
The biggest surprise so far has been the appearance of Nagini, whom we have known to be Voldemort’s pet snake and Horcrux. But one of the trailers shows Nagini as a young girl, leaving all fans confused. J. K. Rowling clarified that Nagini was a Maledictus – someone with a blood curse – causing her to transform into a snake later. We can’t wait to see Nagini’s history unfold in the film.
While we loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the lack of dark magic made the film seem too tame in comparison to the Harry Potter movies. All heroes need a villain and this one gives Newt Scamander a fierce and ruthless rival. With Grindelwald’s rise to power, expect a lot of dark magic and duels in this film. It will be even more fun when the “fantastic beasts” join the fight.
The Tina-Newt-Leta Love Triangle
The first movie in the series shipped Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston). There was a reference to Leta Lestrange, who used to be Newt’s lover before the events in the film. In the upcoming movie, Leta makes an appearance (played by Zoë Kravitz) and we can expect some tension between Newt and Tina because of her presence.
New and More Fantastic Beasts
Besides the Great War that is brewing in the US and Britain, the film also focusses on newer and more fantastic beasts. You can expect the Niffler from the first movie to make a reappearance in a cuter and more prominent role. Besides this adorable one, some of the other beasts that were shown in the trailers include Augureys, Graphorns, Kelpies, Matagots, Nundus, and more. See the full list here.
While Nicholas Flamel did not make an appearance in the first Harry Potter film, he had a prominent part to play in the storyline. The alchemist helped create the Philosopher’s Stone with Albus Dumbledore and we might probably see how the two famous wizards become friends. Flamel appears in the trailer of the upcoming film in a scene alongside Jacob Kowalski and Eddie Redmayne.
Don’t miss Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald in theatres next week. Keep an eye out for bookings and stay tuned for our review of the film.