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‘Fantastic Beasts’: what we know about the sequel

Sara Elliot November 21, 2017 November 27th, 2017

The wizarding world had been pretty quiet until last week. Exactly a year before its premiere, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” released its first cast photo. The last few days have been full of small teasers and speculation about the sequel to last year’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. Here’s what we know up till now.

1. It’s more of a thriller

Producer David Heyman is excited about the film taking on new qualities we didn’t see in the first. “The new film has a very different feel than the first. It’s got a thriller quality. And it’s also a story about love and passion and all its forms — paternal, romantic, political.”

2. Johnny Depp is back

Depp will be reprising his role as Gellert Grindelwald, after a brief but important appearance on the first movie. His casting was controversial from the beginning, and fans have taken to Twitter to express their disapproval of his central role in the films.

3. Jude Law plays Dumbledore

According to official sources, the movie will see Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlisting the magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to hunt down Grindelwald in his quest to conquer mankind.

On Law’s casting as young Dumbledore, Heyman explained that he’s got many of the qualities the older Dumbledore had. “He’s got authority, he’s got a twinkle in his eye, he’s sometimes a bit elliptical. So you have that but also have this youthful energy and jubilance. So he brings that twinkle, mischief, authority, and power, but at the same time brings far more youthful energy to the film.”

We also got a glimpse at Dumbledore’s original wand—that is, before he won the Elder Wand from Grindelwald in battle.

4. The film moves to Paris

Heyman also confirmed that the film is set almost entirely in Paris, so we may get to see how the wizarding world works in yet another culture. “We delve deeper into Jo’s wizarding world — we’re in Paris, we’re in London and New York — the world is expanding.”

5. New characters

The sequel will introduce Newt’s old love interest, Leta Lestrange, played by Zoë Kravitz. Also, she’s apparently engaged to his more serious looking brother, Theseus, who is head of the Auror Office at the Ministry of Magic. Claudia Kim plays a Maledictus, someone with a magical blood curse that turns into a beast. Judging by the picture, she joins last film’s tortured Credence, though their relationship is yet to be seen.