‘Fantastic Beasts 2’: Title, Plot, and Jude Law’s Dumbledore Revealed!

I really liked Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I had the original ‘textbook’ that Rowling published for Comic Relief when I was a kid, which I studied endlessly, and I was delighted with the film adaptation. It’s beautiful, funny, moving. The creatures themselves are absolutely incredible. I particularly relate to the niffler.


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And now, finally, the title and plot of the sequel movie have been revealed. The official synopsis of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is as follows:


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.


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Yes. Jude Law is playing young Dumbledore. What think ye of this? Those of us who have yet to recover from the switch from Richard Harris’ Dumbledore to Michael Gambon’s Dumbledore in the original Harry Potter movies may find it a difficult adjustment. 


Depp returns as Grindlewald, which I’m not looking forward to, to be honest. Apart from him being a bad man, I really don’t want this to turn into a ‘Johnny Depp being a bit weird’ movie a la Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Alice in Wonderland. Granted Tim Burton is not directing The Crimes of Grindlewald, but still. I worry. 



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The rest of the cast looks great though, with Eddie Redmayne returning as Newt Scamander, Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone, Katherine Waterson, and Alison Sodul as sisters Porpentina and Queenie Goldstein. Zoe Kratvitz will star as Leta LeStrange, which I’m pumped for because (and I could put this more eloquently but there’s no need) I think she’s really cool. I just do.


Producer David Heyman said recently:


I think the pleasure of these Fantastic Beasts films is that they’ll work on their own terms. You don’t need to know Harry Potter to enjoy them, but if you do, you have another layer, another level to enjoy


The film is set to be released November 2018, and I shall be swinging between bouts of anxiety and excitement until then. 


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