Is official, in just one year we’ll be seeing the sequel of the newest addition to the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
With the announcement of the official release date, we also got our first look at the cast of the film which includes characters we already know like Tina, Newt, Quennie, Jacob, Credence and Grindewald, while also adding Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz), Maledictus (Claudia Kim), Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner) and our first look at Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore.
With these announcements for the upcoming sequel, titled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, it was also revealed the first synopsis of the film, that tells us that Grindelwald has escaped MACUSA’s custody and is now in search for more followers, as well confirming a rumour, that Dumbledore will recruit Newt’s help to try and stop the dark wizard.
“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.”
But that’s not all, as it was disclosed some aspects of every individual character, like the fact that Leta is now Theseus’ fiancé -Theseus is Newt’s older brother, war hero and the Head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic- even though we met her in the first film as Newt’s old flame.
The new character introduced, Maledictus, has been revealed as “someone who suffers from a ‘blood curse’ that turns them into a beast”, and it’s interesting to note that on the ensemble photo, she’s right next to Credence, who was presumed dead at the end of Fantastic Beasts.
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David Yates is the director of this feature film, premiering November 16, 2018.