Watch how you go: we’ll be talking about spoilers for the first two Fantastic Beasts films here.
It was an absolute pleasure to be reacquainted with a younger Dumbledore in The Crimes of Grindelwald, and the future Hogwarts Headmaster looks set to be even more involved in this film. Many revelations came out about Dumbledore at the end of the last film, such as his blood pact with Grindelwald, and Grindelwald’s revelation that Credence may be part of his family. As this film is called ‘The Secrets of Dumbledore’, we’re guessing there are plenty more truths to be unveiled... and we’re guessing it goes deeper than the secret of how he keeps his beard so neat.
Many new heroes await us in the third film, and our magical creature loving Newt Scamander is back with his trusty case here. The modest Magizoologist was integral in both Grindelwald’s initial capture and the ensuing struggles after his escape – so we’re interested to see what he’ll bring to the table this time. As we know, Dumbledore is highly invested in him. Good to see Pickett is still firmly by his side too!
Teddy?? That’s right, Newt’s Niffler has a name! And we are already in love. This is the second “Teddy” we know of in the wizarding world, as many years in the future, Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin would call their son the very same name. We’re thrilled that Teddy is getting a moment to shine here.
This extremely sassy pose from Newt’s other companion, Pickett the Bowtruckle, is making us bow-chuckle. We can excuse Pickett for nabbing a wand here, as it is literally a Bowtruckle’s job to protect wand wood trees. Good to see him back in the mix for the third escapade. Good luck, little friend.
Our favourite non-magical character (Well it was hardly going to be Uncle Vernon, was it?) is back! And he’s looking distinctly more magical than we last remember, as our endearing baker is holding a wand here. We also saw him with a wand in the first trailer for this film. We are still unsure if this wand is simply a fake one or something more than that, but it seems to be particularly sparky here...
In The Crimes of Grindewald, Theseus was the subject of sibling rivalry with his brother Newt, as well as tragically losing his fiancé, Leta Lestrange, towards the film’s climax. We know that Theseus is far more intertwined in Newt’s journey this time around, and we expect the brothers will have let their differences lie in the wake of Leta’s passing. The extremely talented Auror will be an excellent team member to have in the fight against Grindelwald.
We met Professor Hicks extremely briefly in The Crimes of Grindelwald, in a book at Nicolas Flamel’s home. Now, we are pleased to see her play a larger part, where we hope to learn more about not just her – but maybe the American wizarding school Ilvermorny too, where she is a professor. Newt and Dumbledore could certainly use a talented Charms teacher (her specialty) as part of their circle!
Newt’s assistant Bunty gets her own poster! Which surely means she’ll be far more involved in the new film. Bunty is usually left in charge of Newt’s magical creatures when he goes off on his own adventures, but this time, it looks like she’s had a promotion!
That hat... that coat... it all looks rather familiar. Yes, this is Albus’s brother, Aberforth, who we briefly met in the Harry Potter series, albeit many years into the future. We’re fascinated to learn more about Aberforth’s history in this film – and the fact he has his own poster feels rather promising!
You’ll remember Yusuf, the enigmatic French wizard, from the second Fantastic Beasts film, where we learnt about his connections to Leta Lestrange’s family. Yusuf was a mysterious force in his first appearance in the films, so we’re truly fascinated to see where his story goes next.
Gellert Grindelwald left the second Fantastic Beasts film in a strong position, having successfully assembled a band of supporters (including Queenie!) to further his personal battle against the Muggles, after revealing he knows a devastating world war will soon take place. Not only this, but he has also told Credence some vital information about his own past – if indeed, it is to be trusted. So, what now? Surely the only wizard powerful enough to stop him is Albus Dumbledore – but that blood pact still stands in between these two wizards.
As more mysteries develop around Credence, his hair seems to get even longer. We imagine there isn’t much time for haircuts when you’re learning about your past and fraternising with Gellert Grindelwald. For indeed, this is where we left Credence at the end of the last film – in Nurmengard with the Dark wizard, discovering secrets about his history. So, is this Credence, or is this Aurelius Dumbledore, as Grindelwald told him is his alleged birth name? And how will Credence’s life as an Obscurial affect him in this latest story? We’ll be watching with bated breath.
Oh, Queenie. The charming Legilimens found herself going down a dark path in Crimes of Grindelwald, after she struggled to contend with the fact she could never marry Jacob due to American wizarding laws of the time restricting the unions of magical people and No-Majs. In the end, she sided with Grindelwald as a result of wanting to break down these strict laws. We were devastated to see Queenie crossover to join the Dark wizard – but where will she go in this film? We remain tentatively optimistic.
So that’s one Goldstein sister. But what about Tina? As mentioned in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Tina was reinstated as an Auror at MACUSA, so perhaps she’s off attending to official business? But, seeing as she will one day marry Newt Scamander, we’re pretty sure it won’t be long before she reappears!
The name “Rosier” has strong ties to the dark side of the wizarding world – a future character also called Rosier was named as one of Voldemort’s Death Eaters in the Harry Potter stories. Here, we see another Rosier side with a different Dark wizard in the past, Gellert Grindelwald. We met this French witch in the previous film, who played her part in growing Grindelwald’s band of followers. Her loyalty to him seems unwavering so far... what will she get up to in this instalment?
Helmut is a new character, not known to us before now. He appears to be on Grindelwald’s side, but how does he fit into the story? Watch this space…
Now here’s a brand new face we haven’t seen before! Liu Tao appears to be an authoritative character of some sort, judging by that suit. But who or what he’ll take charge of, we’ll have to wait and see.
Anton Vogel cuts a mysterious figure in an elegant outfit. But what side of the ensuing battle with Grindelwald is Anton on?
Our final figure boasts tall hair and an elegant outfit. Again, another authoritative presence, perhaps? Note that none of these three characters in the final three posters seem to be holding wands either. So, are they even witches or wizards – or Muggles embroiled in the fight against Grindelwald? Perhaps we’ve over-thinking. But time will soon tell!