Wands at the ready! We’ve finally got some happy Harry Potter news and you’ll want to be prepared for this one. In 2016, Potterheads were blessed with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, starring the sweet and charming Eddie Redmayne. The film followed magizoologist Newt Scamander‘s journey through New York in the 1920s. The HP prequel was a huge hit, and how could it not be with J.K. Rowling herself penning the screenplay? It was announced before the film had even been released that several more prequel-sequels would hit theaters and we’ve finally got the evidence. The Fantastic Beasts Twitter account shared a teaser on November 15, 2017, and eagle-eyed Harry Potter fans spotted something quickly.
— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) November 15, 2017
The little promo image featured two wands. Simple, right? Of course not. This is the Harry Potter universe, after all. Fans were quick to note that one of those wands is the Elder Wand, aka the undefeatable wand and a deathly hallow that Voldemort would eventually search for in the ’90s. But every true fan knows that Dumbledore had that wand for years before Voldemort rose to power. And when did he get that wand? After defeating Grindelwald in a duel. Fans have put the pieces together and concluded that a duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald is set to happen in this Fantastic Beasts sequel.
As if the hint of an iconic duel isn’t exciting enough, the brains behind Fantastic Beasts revealed even more. The sequel is titled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which almost confirms the theory. Just look (closely) at the image and see which wands the two men are holding.
With this image, we’ve also finally got a first look at the full cast! Jude Law joins the team as a young Albus Dumbledore (whoever would’ve thunk Dumbledore was such a babe back in the day!), Zoe Kravitz plays Leta Lestrange, and Callum Turner will play Newt’s older brother, Theseus. Johnny Depp returns as the evil Gellert Grindelwald, Ezra Miller returns as the troubled Credence, Dan Fogler returns as beloved no-Maj Jacob Kowalski, and Katherine Waterson and Alison Sudol return as the witch sisters, Tina and Queenie Goldstein that we met in movie #1.
The film’s plot description states, “At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.” DAMN, this one is shaping up to be epic — but we’ve got another year before it hits theaters.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to release November 16, 2018.