It’s about two weeks until we journey back to the Wizarding World and join Newt Scamander on his exciting new adventure as he takes on the next big wizarding threat, Gellert Grindelwald.
Before we dive into what we can expect in the sequel, let’s recap on what has happened thus far. We know that Newt Scamander left New York City on a good note after rounding up all of his magical creatures and helping MACUSA expose Percival Graves as the real Gellert Grindelwald. This year, the highly-anticipated follow-up will continue from where the 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them left us, as Newt reunites with new and old friends that include characters we know and love from the Harry Potter franchise. So, what exciting things will Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald have in store for us?
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#1 There’s more than one Scamander!
You may have heard his name being mentioned in the first film as a famous war hero when Representatives of the International Confederation of Wizards recognised Newt’s surname. A celebrated war hero, former auror and Newt’s older sibling, Theseus Scamander is assigned by the Ministry of Magic to assist Newt in capturing Gellert Grindelwald. Though the brothers have a pretty close relationship, they are both in love with Theseus’ fiancée Leta Lestrange, which makes for a rather awkward reunion… Uh-oh!
#2 Meet the mysterious girl from the notorious Lestrange family
Aside from knowing that she’s the girl who has the Scamander brothers enthralled and that she has the same surname as the horrendous Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter, not much else is known about Leta Lestrange. However, in this sequel, we will find out more about her pure-blood lineage that categorises her as part of the Sacred Twenty-Eight as well as her familial ties to Credence Barebone.
#3 The relationship between Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald
Before he was the beloved Hogwarts Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore was a young professor who taught Transfiguration at Hogwarts. It is there where he develops a strong bond with his student, Newt Scamander, whom he enlists to help take down Grindelwald in the second Fantastic Beasts installment. Don’t worry if you’re not privy to the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, as this sequel will give you a more in-depth look into their lives.
#4 More Fantastic and Magical Creatures
If you loved the magical creatures you met in the first film, get ready to meet more visually stunning beasts in the upcoming sequel. Returning favourites Pickett the Bowtruckle and the Niffler, will appear alongside new cuddly baby Nifflers as well as the terrifying ancient Chinese mythological creature, Zouwu. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for a fluffy bird known as the Augurey, which is a featured creature in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
#5 Oh my NAGINI
Now that the snake is out of the bag, we can expect more details about Voldemort’s trusty horcrux and sidekick, Nagini. Contrary to many beliefs that Nagini is an Animagus, she does not have the luxury to change whenever she wishes as Nagini suffers from a blood curse which would turn her into a beast permanently. It should be noted that not all Maledictus are evil so keep your reservations about her till the end!
#6 Credence is alive!
We last saw Credence Barebone get attacked with deadly spells and basically destroyed as an Obscurus, thanks to Seraphina Picquery and her aurors from MACUSA. But depending on how observant you were, there was actually a single shred of his Obscurus that managed to escape – which would result in how Credence is alive and well in this sequel. The second film will also see the growth of Credence’s character as he befriends Nagini and goes on a quest to uncover his true identity.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens in cinemas on 16 November 2018.