If you somehow haven’t been fatigued by never-ending franchises such as Harry Potter (excuse me, “J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World”), you’ll likely enjoy the the teaser trailer for the first of four(!) sequels to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Here’s your first look at Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, releasing Nov. 16.
The teaser attempts to pull at your nostalgic heartstrings, with a brief return visit to the familiar Hogwarts for a questioning of a young Albus Dumbledore, played by young Pope Jude Law. It appears that Dumbledore has recruited his old student Newt Scamander, keeper of the titular “fantastic beasts,” to take down notorious dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, played by notorious actor Johnny Depp.
So one of the most famous wizards has enlisted a Magizoologist to thwart an infamous and murderous criminal—on paper, this is like if the CIA asked Jane Goodall to take down Baghdadi.
The sequel will take us to Paris, after the first film took us through a tour of what the American wizarding world looks like in New York City. If you thought the American word for “muggle” (“no-maj”) was lazy, you’ll be happy to know that the French counterpart “non-magique” is just as simple. Pretty much everyone from the first film is back, but the focus seems to be more on Grindelwald and less on the fantastic beasts, making us wonder why this isn’t called The Crimes of Grindelwald and Where to Find Them.
Perhaps we human beings are the real fantastic beasts.