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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The official Fantastic Beasts Twitter account took to the social media platform this morning to share two things: a cast photo showing off all our leads (which consists of a whopping 10 characters), as well as a brand new title…which surprisingly doesn’t really fall in line with the pattern established by the Harry Potter franchise and the previous Fantastic Beasts title.

Check it out below!

So the title of the next film will be Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Grindelwald, of course, is the character played by Johnny Depp in the previous film, and he’s perhaps best known to have clashed with Dumbledore in the past. He’s also known to have had something of a love affair with the Hogwarts headmaster, though that likely would have happened prior to the events in the upcoming film.

As you can see in the poster there, Dumbledore (Jude Law) is at the opposite side of the photo as Grindelwald, and this is likely done to highlight the philosophical differences between the two wizards. Also of note is the return of Ezra Miller’s Credence, who was thought to have died at the end of the last film (but was also seen floating away). At his side is actress Claudia Kim in a relatively unknown character who is an attraction at the wizarding circus.

The middle of the photo reveals Newt Scamander’s brother Thesus (Callum Turner), and arm in arm with him is Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz), Newt’s former love interest (is she hooking up with his brother now?). Finally, we also see the return of Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob from the previous film, as expected.

The last little Easter egg here we found revolves around the title. If you’ll notice, the “A” in Grindelwald is in the shape of the Cloak of Invisibility, one of the Deathly Hallows. Wonder what that could mean, or if we’re reading too much into it.

Below is the official synopsis of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

“As he promised he would, Grindelwald has made a dramatic escape and has been gathering more followers to his cause — elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one who might be able to stop him is the wizard he once called his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander. The adventure reunites Newt with Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob (Dan Fogler), but his mission will also test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters on November 16, 2018.

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SOURCE: Fantastic Beasts Official Twitter

  • Rad4Cap

    ” If you’ll notice, the “A” in Grindelwald is in the shape of the Cloak
    of Invisibility, one of the Deathly Hallows. Wonder what that could
    mean, or if we’re reading too much into it.”

    Considering it appears Grindelwald is holding the Elder Wand, I don’t think it can be called “reading too much” into things.

  • 2 Left Thumbs

    Hey, a “motion poster” that actually makes sense! I think they are kind of a silly concept, but it totally makes sense with the living photos in Harry Potter.

    God I hope Johnny Depp’s screentime is only about 60 seconds at most. I’m sick of watching him try to out-weird himself

  • Aline

    Dumbledore is a hottie… That’s odd. But, cool poster dude.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.