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New ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Trailer Hints at More ‘Harry Potter’ Connections

At San Diego Comic Con last weekend, Warner Bros unveiled a new, longer trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second in a planned five-movie series from J. K. Rowling. The first film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, was set in 1920s New York, providing our first-ever glimpse of wizarding society in the US. Crimes of Grindelwald will be set a year later in Paris.



The new trailer suggests that the new movie will be more closely tied to the Harry Potter series. Where Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was largely a fun adventure in the same world as the popular series, what we’ve seen so far of Crimes of Grindelwald feels more like a true prequel as the brewing war that lurked in the background of the first film is brought to the forefront.





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We see quite a bit of Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore, including a flashback scene where he appears to be teaching the main character Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) the spell ‘Riddikulus’ – a defense against Boggarts, which take the form of your deepest fear. What Dumbledore is doing teaching that spell is a mystery – he taught Transfiguration before becoming headmaster of Hogwarts, but maybe he began his career as Defense Against the Dark Arts professor?





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We also see a dramatic shot of an unidentified figure holding the Elder Wand, the immensely powerful weapon that legend says was crafted by Death to render the user unbeatable. In the Harry Potter series, the wand is wielded by Dumbledore and buried with him until Voldemort steals it from his tomb. But Crimes of Grindelwald is set in 1927, and the Potter series tells us that a young Grindelwald stole it from the wandmaker Gregorovitch, so Grindelwald is most likely the bearer of the wand at this point in time.





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At the end of the trailer, Nicolas Flamel puts in a surprise appearance, portrayed by Brontis Jodorowsky. Flamel is a figure that Rowling pulled from real-world legends, as the only known creator of the Philosopher’s Stone, the immortality-granting object at the center of the first Harry Potter book. Flamel was a close friend and collaborator of Dumbledore’s, so he might play a significant role in the film.




Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be in theaters November 16!



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