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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Teaser Trailer Analysis

You may miss a lot of intriguing details from the teaser trailer for Newt Scamander's latest adventure.

Jude Law rocking trenchcoats and Eddie Redmayne being awkward aren't the only notable images from the first teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In this second prequel to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter movies, New Scamander (Redmayne) embarks on a mission to Paris while Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) is trialed in front of the world of magic.

The trailer welcomes Potterheads back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with a landscape shot in bright daylight, then three Ministry officials apparated onto the school ground. This couldn't be a continuity error, so was the spell available at that time? Two of them are Newt's older brother, war hero Theseus (Callum Turner), and Newt's past love interest, Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz). With Newt still keeping her old photo in his suitcase, they are now engaged. Poor Newt!


It turns out that they come to Hogwarts to meet young Albus Dumbledore (Law), calm and suave, to question him about his association with our protagonist from Hufflepuff. Judging from the decorations, this is Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, which means Dumbledore could be teaching this awesome subject before moving to Transfiguration.


"I know he's working under your orders. What do you have to say for yourself, Dumbledore?" The question continues as the trailer gives us a glimpse of Dumbledore's Deluminator (later give to Ron Weasley) on a street. So Dumbledore was actually in contact with Newt, at least when in London, before our young hero goes on a secret mission.


We have a close-up on Law as the future Hogwarts headmaster with cool demeanors and debonair beards.


A mid-shot looks at Dumbledore and the room where he meets with Ministry officials while he comments on Newt's rebellious nature.


After his arrest in the first Fantastic Beasts, Grindelwald stands, not in trial, but in front of his pureblood followers in a catacomb. He looks free and casual, with the woman next to him looking similar to Vinda Rosier, one of his subordinators.


Newt's love interest Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and fan-favorite Jake Kowalski (Dan Fogler) are back. I guess the memory wipe, under love, couldn't work for long.



Jake is very excited about going on a magical quest with Newt. Two new fantastic beasts are behind him, one similar to a hawk and the other a deer.


Obscurial Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) is alive (obviously), and next to him is a new character, The blood-cursed woman is called Maledictus (Claudia Kim), playing as an attraction in Circus Arcanus. There seems to be empathy between them.


Following is a quick montage of unrelated shots. Another breathtaking establishing shot shows the domed interiors of the French Ministry of Magic. Among the names of magical creatures on the dome, there is the Niffleur, a source of many troubles for Newt in the first movie.


Leta Lestrange attending a high-profile party


Queenie Godlstein (Alison Sudol) is also back, but it seems she hasn't run into Jake. Yet.


Newt riding a sea creature that resembles the Scottish monster Kelpie


A wizard is examining glowing details on a wall, one of which is Corvus Lestrange written at the top. However, the surprising takeaways from this shot are the names of Leta Lestrange and... Credence Barebone. Furthermore, it was updated on Harry Potter Wikia that these two are half-siblings.


The Circus Arcanus, where Maledictus works


New character Yusuf Kama (William Nadylam) in a show


Newt's favorite Bowtruckles, Pickett


Another intesting shot has an angered Credence releasing caged creatures.


Amid an explosion, there is a man resembling the one in the aforementioned scene of Lestrange family tree. He now looks a lot like Grindelwald.


A Thestral stagecoach in action, flying from the top of a Wall Street building.


Inside the ride is Grindelwald, ominious and soaking wet, with two wands pointing at him. This might set the stage for a rescue mission by Grindelwald's followers, leading the the previously mentioned meeting.


Also, the line of Dumbledore tells us something about his task for Newt. Maybe our underrated hero could operate in the dark while the Ministry of Magic put Dumbledore under surveillance. Or Grindelwald has the upperhand over Dumbledore with the Elder Wand and their past relationship, while Newt is the one who disarmed Grindelwald at the end of the first movie.

The last part shows the Scamander brothers together, putting sibling rivalry aside, against enemies as Newt and Theseus cast a spell of empowered protection.


And of course, the Deathly Hallows must appear, all three in one symbol.


The title is designed with all three Deathly Hallows in the letters.