With children already returning to school, now seems like an appropriate time for Warner Bros to release the latest featurette for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, the Harry Potter prequel franchise that follows Newt Scamander’s wizardry adventures around the world as the wizarding society has to deal with the malevolent Grindelwald who is recruiting an army of pure blood wizards to rule over non-magical beings.
“Those names, the stories, the histories that sit in the back of our minds from the Potter series begin to weave their way into Beasts,” says Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander, our quirky magical protagonist.
The films take place 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter film franchise. So while there may not be too many recognizable faces, there are some names that help make those connections to fans of the original books. Not that they need any help considering they probably already know about everything that is Harry Potter.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens in theaters on November 16, 2018.
Here’s the official plot synopsis
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie 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 (Jude 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