Johnny Depp’s wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, is front and center in the final trailer for Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” — and he’s here to disrupt the peace.
“Join me — or die,” says Grindelwald in the trailer.
“The wizarding and non-wizarding worlds have been at peace for over a century,” someone tells Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). “Grindelwald wants to see that peace destroyed.”
In the trailer, it becomes clear that Grindelwald has bad things planned, and Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists magizoologist Scamander to help stop the dark wizard. But of course, Scamander tries to see the good in all people.
“The time is coming when you’re going to have to pick a side,” Scamander gets told.
There are also a ton of magical references to the “Harry Potter” books in this trailer, as well as an emotional moment between Grindelwald and Dumbledore. Also, we finally see who Claudia Kim is playing, and it’s none other than Nagini, a circus performer who later becomes Voldemort’s serpent and Horcrux.
Grindelwald was a dark wizard who preceded the dreaded Voldemort from the “Harry Potter” series, and in the books he has a history with Dumbledore that should greatly inform the famous wizard’s character. Grindelwald was captured at the end of the first “Fantastic Beasts,” but he’s again a threat in the sequel.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” stars Redmayne, Law, Depp, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo and Poppy Corby-Tuech.
It’s directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
“The Crimes of Grindelwald” hits theaters on Nov. 16.
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