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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

In case it wasn’t clear to you at this point, the Fantastic Beasts won’t just be a simple prequel set in the Wizarding World. As the second film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, comes closer, the connections between this franchise and the Harry Potter franchise only grow stronger — and it’s something Warner Bros. is totally cool with playing up. So, it makes sense that this new video would play up that whole deal.

With the latest video, which functions as kind of a super-trailer, that whole deal is leaned into HARD. In it, we get footage from the Harry Potter films that draw connections with stuff from the first Fantastic Beasts film as well as The Crimes of Grindelwald. Connections are drawn between Voldemort and Grindelwald, the use of the Deathly Hallows, and Grindelwald’s involvement in the Potter saga as a whole.

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While this is a bold and ridiculous way to emotionally manipulate nerds like me, I still can’t help but love it. As a mythology whore, it pushes all the right buttons for me and gets me that much more amped to see how this story plays out and ultimately connects to the franchise I love so much. But was it as effective to you? Let us know your thoughts down below!

The official synopsis for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is below:

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens in 1927, a few months after Newt helped to unveil and capture the infamous Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. However, 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, Queenie and Jacob, 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: Warner Bros.

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.