The first official trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has officially dropped, letting muggles everywhere briefly escape their non-magical lives and transport into the wonderful world of wizards.
The trailer features Eddie Redmayne returning as magizoologist and proud Hufflepuff Newt Scamander, as well as Katherine Waterston as formerly retired Auror Tina Goldstein. There’s also a brief glimpse Johnny Depp as the evil Grindelwald. But of course, the real story is that we finally get to see Jude Law complete his transformation from Young Pope to Young Dumbledore.
Since it was announced that Law would be playing Dumbledore, fans have been clamoring for the first real glimpse of his portrayal of the only wizard He Who Must Not Be Named (rhymes with Shmoldeshmort) ever feared. While we don’t get to see much of Law’s Dumbledore in action, he is still the central focus of the trailer and Law nails Dumbledore’s trademark enigmatic words of wisdom (and warning), delivering each line with the perfect blend of confidence and mischief. The only thing missing? Dumbledore’s iconic ZZ-Top beard but hopefully he’ll have grown it out by the time the credits roll.
The trailer gives little details in terms of the actual plot but does a nice job establishing the high stakes of the sequel. And while Dumbledore and Newt clearly have some sort of partnership, it appears to be a tentative one, as Dumbledore lets him know that “[t]he time is coming, Newt, where you’re going to have to pick a side.”
We also get a glimpse at several of the titular fantastic beasts and tons of fun wizard action, including Newt literally splitting open the earth. As a whole, it looks like The Crimes of Grindelwald will be significantly more action-packed than the original Fantastic Beasts film. The film, which is the second in a planned five-part series, will be released in theaters on November 16.