fantastic beasts The Crimes of Grindlewald

Fans of the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise have been given a lot of information regarding the upcoming sequel. From reasons surround Johnny Depp’s casting, to new characters, there is so much for fans to look forward to. There is one thing about the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel we know very little about, however… the actual beasts.

The first film in the ‘Harry Potter’ prequel franchise, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ was heavily creature-focused as the plot revolved around Newt Scamander struggling to keep his magical creatures in his suitcase while in New York City. Given the sequel’s higher global stakes — Newt and Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) teaming to stop the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) in Paris — fans have wondered if the sequel will have as many beasts as the first film and whether they will be as crucial to the storyline.

The answer is yes and no! Executive producer David Heyman said in a recent interview:

“There are as many beasts in the film as in the first. But the main driver in the first film was finding the beasts. That’s not the driver in this film, it’s not a central part of the plot. But beasts feature in the film and feature strongly.”

As for what familiar beasts fans should be on the lookout for, Redmayne mentioned a couple species, saying:

“There’s a Chinese creature that’s formidable. There are some of the old favorites: The Niffler is back and causing havoc. As is Picket.”

Thank goodness the Niffler is back! The Niffler, you’ll recall, is the adorably trouble-making rodent-like creature with a penchant for anything shiny. The Pickett is the (equally adorable) green plant-like Bowtruckle that Newt kept in his pocket. Obviously.

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ will open in theaters on November 16, 2018.