The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald dropped today and left fans reeling. It’s 1927, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and company have been given an enormously difficult task by Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), which should sound familiar to Potter fans. Dumbledore has even provided Newt with a safe house in Paris should he need it. Why? Well in the trailer, we see Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) escape the magical authorities during his transport via thestrals to a European prison. Grindelwald is amassing his forces with an ultimatum: “Join or die.”
Dumbledore tells Newt that he has to be the one who takes down Grindelwald. “You want me to hunt him down, to kill him,” Scamander says. “Dumbledore, why can’t you go?”
That’s a very good question from the young Mr. Scamander, which the trailer also answers. It cuts to Dumbledore looking into the Mirror of Erised and seeing Grindelwald as a young man. Their hands touch in the mirror. This alludes to his romantic relationship with the dark sorcerer and that his feelings are keeping him from putting an end to Grindelwald’s reign of terror.
Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol) and lovable muggle Jacob (Dan Fogler) all reunite to help Newt with his quest and run into some fantastic beasts along the way.
At the end of the trailer, viewers get a glimpse of Newt’s older brother, Theseus (Callum Turner) as Newt jinxes him so his wrists are tied. We get the idea that they aren’t the best of friends.
That might be a lot of information to handle, but we haven’t even gotten to the best part yet. Credence is alive and locked up in a cage at Circus Arcanus, performing for muggles. We aren’t entirely what his trick is yet or if he is still an Obscurus, but he seems to have made a friend with a woman named… Nagini.
Harry Potter fans might remember that Nagini was Voldemort’s snake sidekick and final Horcrux. She killed Snape and chowed down on Hogwarts Muggle Studies professor Charity Burbage for dinner.
Well in 1927, Nagini, played by Claudia Kim, was human, but she could turn into a snake for muggles.
“It will be so interesting to see another side of Nagini,” Actress Claudia Kim told Entertainment Weekly. “You’ve only seen her as a Horcrux. In this, she’s a wonderful and vulnerable woman who wants to live. She wants to stay a human being and I think that’s a wonderful contrast to the character.”
Fans immediately went into a tailspin on Twitter, wondering if Voldemort’s pet had been an Animagus all along. Rowling took to Twitter to debunk that theory, explaining that Nagini was a Maledictus. A Maledictus has a blood curse that causes them to slowly transforms into a beast over time, and the transformation is out of their control. The Harry Potter author was quick to point out that they’re not inherently evil.
Not an Animagus. A Maledictus. Big difference. https://t.co/JwVVNnvVQU
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 25, 2018
But that’s all Rowling is going to say about the differences between a Maledictus and an Animagus, the rest we’ll have to find out when the movie is released on November 16.