Warner Bros. kicked off their Hall H panel with a magical treat for fans – not just the release of the full Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer – but a special play for the waiting crowd.
Alongside a 360-degree video presentation, Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) cast “Lumos” over the excitable audience, before being joined on the stage by co-stars Katherine Waterson (Tina Goldstein), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), Ezra Miller (Credence), Zoe Kravitz (Leta Lestrange), Jude Law (Dumbledore), Claudia Kim (Maledictus) and Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander).
The cast spoke a little to moderator Aisha Tyler about making the sequel, before showing the new trailer, in which we see more of Dumbledore and Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) – though unfortunately for fans, not together – as well as a tease of Philosopher Stone creator Nicholas Flamel (Brontis Jodorowsky), which fans were suitably impressed by. Another interesting thing to note, is despite Law’s reticence at revealing what subject Dumbledore is teaching at this time – he is clearly Hogwarts‘ Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, as he is teaching the same lesson we see Remus Lupin teach in Prisoner of Azkaban.
As well as all this, it appears that Grindelwald is the owner of the famed Elder Wand at this point in the Potter timeline, which may mean that we will eventually see him and Dumbledore battle, and this is what leaves Dumbledore as the owner of the wand until the time of his death.
Then, in a strange turn of events, the panel was interrupted by Depp in character in Grindelwald, giving a monologue about his crimes before saying “We who live for freedom or truth the moment has come to rise up and take our rightful place in the world.”
Which was definitely an odd addition, given fans are still somewhat angry that Depp remains attached to the picture.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to open on November 16th.