An exclusive new look for Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald was released yesterday, and it has us all riled up in anticipation of the things that will go down in the sequel.
Joshua Shea is seen portraying a Young Newt Scamander, future Magizoologist, along with a young Professor Dumbledore (Jude Law) standing behind him in this flashback scene of the upcoming film. The scene is of an alarmed looking Newt, pointing his wand at some unforeseen terror with Professor Dumbledore watching sternly over him. The rest of the class can be seen watching the scene unfold in front of them apprehensively.
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As per Entertainment Weekly,
there might be a possibility that this is the flashback scene of when Newt was expelled from Hogwarts for ‘endangering human life’ as Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) is heard telling Newt in the trailer.
Other speculations also point out that this could very well be the scene that WB first shared with the press in April. In the scene Newt Scamander is seen in a Defense Against The Dark Arts class taught by Dumbledore at Hogwarts. According to the media who witnessed the scene in spring, Newt Scamander’s bogart is a desk, pointing out his fear of an office job.
In other story details, star Eddie Redmanyne has hinted to EW that we may see Newt revisit his long lost feelings for Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz). Leta Lestrange was Newt’s close friend during his time at Hogwarts and for whom he allegedly had feelings for.
“Leta, it’s one of those relationships where there was definitely great love there.” Eddie Redmanyne told EW. “But was it ever a full-blown relationship? I don’t know. But certainly, she’s somebody who has touched him hugely. At the beginning of this film you realize she’s now in a relationship with Newt’s brother so, of course, that comes with great complications.”
Newt’s older brother, Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner), is a respected Auror who’ll be seen in the upcoming sequel. One can only assume the unknown profession of Leta, but her being a Lestrange paints a pretty clear picture of her ambitions.
With his Auror brother hunting him and Dumbledore down, who are both probably going against the law as they join forces to track down Grindelwald, the greatest (and not to mention evilest) villain of their time, who also happens to be Dumbledore’s alleged crush – one can only expect a lot of drama. But hey, us Potterheads are not complaining, are we?
Although a bit disappointed that the film may not explore the relationship between Grindelwald and Dumbledore, the closest the HP universe got to the LGBTQ+, there are various other reasons to anticipate this sequel for. The first being the nostalgic tune that we all might hear after November 16. The same tune to which we may breakdown to during the titles itself.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens November 16th.