Although I did enjoy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it didn't have that same charm and sense of escape the Harry Potter films instilled in me. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that the movie was set in the familiar locale of America. The original films took us to a place far away and unfamiliar. You felt like you were traveling to a distant land on some adventurous and mystical vacation of sorts.
It looks like Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald looks to take us back deep into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The first teaser trailer takes us from Hogwarts to Paris in under two minutes. I can't tell you how nice it is to see Hogwarts again and be re-introduced to Dumbledore, even if he is much younger and now resembles Jude Law.
However, we're also re-introduced to all the wonderful new characters from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. There's a very quick shot of Johnny Depp as Grindelwald with long hair. He looks much rougher and more sinister than he did at the end of the first movie. I'm extremely interested in seeing Depp bring this villain to life onscreen.
We're also promised some magical creatures running and flying around in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. That would only make sense being that the title of the movie includes "Fantastic Beasts." We have a little leaf-like critter scampering around and some sort of swimming seahorse-like beastie, as well as an owl and a flying horse-and-carriage.
What would a movie set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter be without magic? There will be plenty of that. Electric cracks of energy are shown. Sweeping shadows of darkness and sparks of light are witnessed. All of these things leave me feeling that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be a more enjoyable viewing experience for me than the first film. I want to feel like I've been swept away to another place and firmly dropped back into the Potterverse.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
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.
The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp. The cast also includes, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, and Poppy Corby-Tuech.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.