The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has dropped, and it’s mighty impressive indeed. The trailer also shows us a very unexpected surprise reveal: Nagini the serpent as a human being.
The sequel to 2016’s prequel to the Harry Potter series (confusing, yes) features a return to Hogwarts and many other elements of the franchise that should make muggles feel right at home.
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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.
One of the biggest surprises is an appearance by Nagini, Lord Voldemort’s pet serpent/horcrux who is here depicted as a woman. Yes, Nagini was actually a human at one point — a cursed circus performer who can transform into a snake at will.
Entertainment Weekly has published an article on actress Claudia Kim, who’s been keeping the plot twist secret for well over a year now.
The actress reveals that when Crimes takes place in 1927, Nagini can transform from human to snake at will, yet due to her mysterious blood curse she knows that eventually, she’ll become a snake permanently. “She does feel sometimes it’s not controllable,” Kim says. “She is bound to [permanently] transform at some point to a beast so she feels this pressure that the clock is ticking.”
Other familiar elements from the Harry Potter series include the Mirror or Erised, Thestrals and, of course, Jude Law playing a younger Albus Dumbledore.
The movie looks to be a pretty exciting addition to the rapidly expanding Wizarding World franchise, and it’ll be interesting to see how it performs at the box office compared to its predecessor. Some felt the original Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a bit too detached from the familiarity of the previous Potter films, which might have turned off some moviegoers.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens on November 16, 2018.