'Crimes of Grindewald' trailer is bursting with Harry Potter clues

Lewis Collier
September 25, 2018

Johnny Depp's powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald also returns, despite being captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Scamander at the end of the first film, this time warning his followers to "join me or die".

The wands are out in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald's final trailer - and so too are a couple of big surprises.

The above promo indicates that their quest will involve land, sea and air skirmishes, as well as pit them against Grindelwald's evil minions - including, most exciting of all, Nagini (Claudia Kim), a shape-shifting "Maledictus" circus performer who's recruited by Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) and who, it turns out, is the future pet snake of Lord Voldemort. And you know things are about to go down in the most deliciously risky fashion if the finest wizard to have ever lived hints that your life is in danger.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.

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Organiser and radio DJ Rob da Bank also runs the Common People festival which has taken place every year at South Park since 2016. Bestival 2018 saw performances from the likes of London Grammar, M.I.A, Grace Jones and Plan B.

Fantastic Beasts 2 brings the Wizarding World back to Europe after its New York-setting in the original, with Hogwarts - a very different one, since this is late 1920s, or earlier during the flashbacks to Scamander's school years - also playing a part.

"I can not move against Grindelwald", Dumbledore replies, hinting not only at their childhood friendship, but also, as revealed by Rowling, their romance.

The previous trailer that premiered at San Diego Comic-Con in July gave a glimpse at returning characters from 2016's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", like Scamander, Katherine Waterston's Tina Goldstein, and Dan Fogler's Jacob Kowalski. If you wanted to cut a trailer to appeal to the hardcore Harry Potter fans, this would be it.

It may be set decades before Harry Potter was even born, but Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald sets the stage for Harry's epic story.

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