The final film poster for ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,’ along with a set of new character posters, have been released by Warner Bros. just weeks ahead of the premiere. The posters, aside from being really cool, contain several hidden messages and nods to ‘Harry Potter’ lore. These Easter eggs could serve as clues for what’s to come.
Notably, the Deathly Hallows symbol is featured heavily throughout the posters, along with what seems to be a little sketch of Hogwarts. The sequel will see Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) square off against nemesis Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) in their infamous battle. This film could provide the link between to two franchises.
In a recent interview, Depp spoke about his experience playing Grindelwald, saying:
“It was amazing. It came out of nowhere. Someone said J.K. Rowling would like to talk to me. I spoke to a few producers and the director and to J.K. and had long conversations basically about the Grindelwald character. J.K. said something I did not expect to hear because obviously her detail to her characters and those wizarding worlds is astonishing. The fact that she said, “I can’t wait to see what you do with the character.” Just to hand it off to me with that degree of trust, I was really touched, blown away by that. So I jumped into locating the character and I had my ideas. I came in and it all seemed to work out. Grindelwald is an interesting character. His intentions in his mind are for the greater good, but there have been other people in world politics and such who felt the same way. [chuckles] He’s very dedicated to his beliefs. He’s not a fun character; he’s not funny.”
When asked about how he felt about the character, he replied:
“I loved it yeah. I loved it because that’s really an arena where you can fly around and try different things and approach a character with a lot more…um…to take someone who is teetering on being a fascist, yeah he’s a fascist, he’s one of those, but to play him as a sensitive, concerned yet manipulative and powerful wizard. The possibilities in that world are wide open, so you can really try anything. So it was a gas and I look forward to the next installment, which I think we start the middle of next year.”
‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ opens November 16th and stars Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, Law, and Depp.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
Check out the posters below!