Naturally – you can expect spoilers for the first two Fantastic Beasts films below...
There are a lot of exciting things to watch out for in the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – from new beasts, the first look at Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald and the return of some of our favourite characters and creatures (hello Pickett!). Before we jump into breaking down all the fantastic things we have seen, watch the trailer here.
The trailer may have given us a glimpse at what to expect in the upcoming film, but it still raises a lot of curious questions. Though one thing is for certain, we can’t wait to dive back into the wonders of the wizarding world again…
The very first shot of the new trailer gives us a glimpse of that beloved castle – so we can safely assume we will be stepping into the halls of Hogwarts once again, like we did in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. What mysteries await us behind those castle walls this time?
This was a pleasant surprise – while we expected to see the younger Dumbledore feature in this film (the title does include his name after all), it was fun to see the Albus Dumbledore that we all recognise from the Harry Potter films too. It was interesting to see the wizard he is and the wizard he eventually becomes. And of course – the beard progression!
We would recognise those sloping snow-capped roofs anywhere. Newt and Theseus appear to be making a trip to Hogsmeade to find Albus Dumbledore. But why are they meeting him there? And will there be Butterbeer?
Newt and Theseus might be looking for Albus Dumbledore, but first they come across another member of the family instead. The inside of that pub looks very like the inside of the Hog’s Head, and we all know who works there. And as he introduces himself as Dumbledore’s brother, we think it is safe to assume that this is the one and only Aberforth. He definitely looks more rugged and casual than his older sibling, which is very much in keeping with what we already knew about his character. We wonder what role he has to play in the story.
Mads Mikkelsen has arrived! In this image, Grindelwald is looking very dapper with his suit and tie, but there is no doubt he still cuts a menacing figure. We do know that he is holding the Elder Wand – we’d recognise its distinctive shape anywhere. But what is he doing with it? Is he pulling a memory from the person in front of him?
We are thrilled to see our favourite Bowtruckle is back, and he looks as though he’s thoroughly involved in this new adventure. We briefly see him and his favourite wizard, Newt, trekking through what could be a jungle or a rainforest. What has brought them there? Where are they going? And why are they all on their own?
We only saw her briefly in The Crimes of Grindelwald, but Bunty is back! Is that Newt’s case with his magical menagerie that she is carrying? We know she is part of the team who are planning to take down Grindelwald, but where is she going? The sign behind her would suggest she might be somewhere in Germany.
We briefly saw Nurmengard at the very end of the last film – with Grindelwald, Credence and Queenie all being there. We know that before it was a prison, it was a place that Grindelwald inhabited. Will we get to see a little bit more of this sinister structure… and who might be inside?
As well as some familiar faces fighting Grindelwald, there are a couple of characters who are new members of that team too! The ‘descendant of a very old wizarding family’, is Leta Lestrange’s half-brother Yusuf Kama. The witch we see is also somebody we have briefly met before in The Crimes of Grindelwald, a professor at Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Eulalie “Lally” Hicks – we expect that she’s no slouch when it comes to magic.
We catch a glimpse of a (rather stylish) train racing through a snowy scene. On board we spy Newt, Jacob, Lally, Kama, Theseus and even Bunty. Where are they all headed? And why have they all joined forces with one another? We know that they are the team that Dumbledore has assembled to stop Grindelwald, but we are curious why he would choose this ragtag group for such a task.
Is that a phoenix that is flying towards Credence? Is that a sign that Grindelwald wasn’t lying to him, and he is, in fact, Aurelius Dumbledore, as was revealed at the end of the last film? Phoenixes are meant to be drawn to that family. However, all that aside, the most important thing we spy in this clip is Credence’s new hairdo. Just look at those long, flowing locks! He looks far removed from the scared young man we met in the first instalment.
Oh, Jacob and Queenie. We love these two but by the end of the last film, they couldn’t have been further away from one another. Does this clip suggest a glimmer of hope for the pair? They appear to be standing in Jacob’s bakery – yet their expressions don’t really suggest a joyful reunion. Or is this a flashback to a time before Queenie joined Grindelwald’s cause? We do believe we’ve seen that pink ensemble before… Though their relationship seems to have everything stacked against them, we can’t help but root for these two.
We know that Dumbledore was unable to move against Grindelwald because of this blood oath. Luckily Newt’s resourceful Niffler managed to swipe it from the Dark wizard at the end of the last film. Can Dumbledore destroy it? Does he even want to? And if he does, will he be willing to go up against someone he once cared so deeply for?
Newt and Theseus appear to be in some kind of cave surrounded by crab-like creatures. Are they Fire Crabs or something else entirely? We must say, we are really enjoying the pair of them pulling out their best crabwalk. This could be a whole new dance craze – if only Theseus would learn to swivel a bit more delicately.
Our favourite Muggle has a wand! It can’t be real… can it? However, he does seem to be wielding it. While we know that Dumbledore asked Newt to give it to him – we don’t know the reason behind that decision. He also appears to be going up against Queenie – but is he fighting her or trying to get closer to her? Surely, he’s not casting ‘Accio Queenie’! Whatever is going on, he doesn’t look very happy about the situation.
The whimsical and sweet Queenie seems to be long gone. Instead, she looks steely and determined and is possibly the one causing the magical disturbance here. Her wardrobe has also gone from sugary and pastel hues to black – is this a sign that she has fully embraced Grindelwald and Dark magic? Although this more gothic style is fabulous to look at – we also hope the Queenie that we know and love hasn’t been lost entirely.
If this clip is anything to go by, Grindelwald has managed to get inside Credence’s head. Why else would he be fighting Dumbledore? Has Dumbledore moved away from wanting to protect Credence? Or is he merely defending himself from an attack? And how did the pair of them get to this point?
The only thing we know about this mysterious object is that it is in a ‘room we require’ according to Newt – surely this is a reference to the famous Room of Requirement at Hogwarts? But even then, what it is for? Only Dumbledore seems to know. The one guess we could make about it, is that it might be some form of transportation? Both Dumbledore and Jacob seemed to be sucked up into the swirling cylinder – but where on earth did they go?
The other curious thing we noticed was the circle of cases that happen to look just like Newt’s. Is his there? Does that explain why Bunty had one that looked like his? Was it in fact a decoy? And what is the significance of placing them in front of this object?
In this shot, it looks like we’re encountering a new beast, soaring through a rainforest or jungle area. It’s not like anything we have come across before. It’s like a cross between a bird and a dinosaur with magnificent red wings. At the very least, it’s no Muggle creature. It appears to have someone in the clutches of its long tail too. Who is that? Could it be Newt? And where are they? Surely there are more appropriate methods of transportation...
Finally, we are ridiculously excited to see Jacob eating a meal in the Great Hall of Hogwarts. He looks to be deep in conversation with some Hogwarts students – and he is still holding his wand! We wonder whether he is the only Muggle to step foot inside this famous castle? Hogwarts is famously hidden from those without magic, so what exception was made for Jacob?
Keep visiting WizardingWorld.com or register with us and remember to opt-in to our newsletter for more updates on the Fantastic Beasts films as and when we have them. We hope you loved this first glimpse as much as we did!