You can’t blame Warner Brothers for wanting to keep the Harry Potter series going. After all, the original set of films grossed nearly eight billion dollars at the worldwide box office. That ain’t no chump change and the studio would certainly like to keep numbers like that rolling in, which why they’ve transformed J.K. Rowling‘s book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a planned series of five (!) movies, which started in 2016. Here comes the second in the ongoing series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald which sees director David Yates returning once again with Eddie Redmayne front and center as Newt Scamander.
The first film concluded with Colin Ferrell‘s character Graves being unmasked and revealed as the nefarious Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) in a scene that was an intentionally laughable reveal of the series’ mysterious villain. Now Depp is Grindelwald alone in this new sequel and, of course, his presence will surely continue to court controversy well after the film has landed in theaters.
What this latest installment of Fantastic Beasts will do is reintroduce beloved characters from the Harry Potter films in their younger years, most notably with Jude Law taking on the role of Dumbledore. Returning from the last film are Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, and Ezra Miller. Other actors appearing in The Crimes of Grindelwald include Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, and Poppy Corby-Tuech.
The J.K Rowling-scripted sequel is helmed by Potter veteran David Yates, who will be making his sixth film in the Wizarding World. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will continue to expand the Wizarding World created by J.K. Rowling when it lands in theaters on November 16,2018.
The official synopsis for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald:
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.