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Fantastic Beasts 2 – Trailer review

The shot of Hogwarts at the start of this new trailer was unexpected and such a pleasant surprise. Seeing that castle again made me so happy and even gave me chills. There’s something so absolutely magical (obviously) and enthralling about this universe that you’re never able to let go. As soon as you see Hogwarts or hear Hedwig’s Theme or see that typical Harry Potter font on screen it apparates you straight back into the Harry Potter universe and you’re home again at last.

The first movie introduced a lot of new characters, places, and creatures. It was a whole new universe within an already existing universe, and, seeing as I can’t get enough of Harry Potter, that was more than okay with me. I did even genuinely fall in love with some of the new characters and creatures, like Newt, Jacob, Credence, Graves, Pickett, and the Niffler.
But it does please me that this movie will bring back some old favourites, like Hogwarts, the Thestrals, the Deluminator, and… Dumbledore!

I can’t wait to see more of Dumbledore! He became my favourite character after I read Deathly Hallows, because that book revealed so much about him and I love layered and flawed characters.
He’s incredibly intelligent, funny, and powerful, but also damaged, manipulative, and dark. His life is a tragic love story and a story of redemption seeking.

I certainly hope that the history between Dumbledore and Grindelwald will be in the movies. ‘King’s Cross’ is one of my favourite chapters in the books and the way Dumbledore talks about Grindelwald already says enough. J.K. Rowling didn’t even need to confirm that Dumbledore was gay and in love with Grindelwald, it was clear in that chapter.
I feel like that magnetic pull between those two characters and all of the pain and heartache are so important to the story and it would be a real shame if it didn’t make it into the movies.

Young Dumbledore actually turns out to be quite the sight for sore eyes. The swaggery walk down the hall you see from behind, the way he’s dressed, the suaveness and mischievousness that ooze from him…
It’s certainly not how I envisioned young professor Dumbledore, but Merlin’s beard, I like it a lot! Bring it on, Jude Law!

But enough about Dumbledore, I’m also very excited to see Newt, Jacob and Credence again, but sad that there will be no more Colin Farrell as Graves/Grindelwald.
Farrell was brilliant in the first movie and, like many others, I was disappointed that Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald and is (in a way) taking over from Farrell.
I feel like Depp will be a little too much as Grindelwald. I don’t want him to be overly weird or overly maniacal. He needs to be evil and manipulative in a subtle and charming way, and Farrell did that so well as Graves/Grindelwald in the first movie that I feel it will be hard to match.
I could totally see a young Dumbledore fall for Colin Farrell’s Grindelwald, but I’m not so sure about Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald. But who knows, maybe he’ll surprise me. I did like the more ragged look he had in this trailer.

There seem to be a few parallels between Newt’s time and Harry’s time.
Dumbledore is working with a (former) pupil to bring down a dark wizard.
Dumbledore is in trouble with Ministry officials because of his fight against the dark wizard and teaming up with his pupil.
There’s a Dark Mark in the sky (that Deathly Hallows sign in the sky was magnificent).
I like those parallels. It brings back memories and makes this time (that we don’t know that much of) feel more familiar.

This trailer made me very curious about the movie, because it raised so many questions.

Why can’t Dumbledore move against Grindelwald and why does it have to be Newt? Is it because of Dumbledore’s feelings for Grindelwald and their shared history or is it because the Ministry officials are watching Dumbledore and don’t allow him to move against Grindelwald? If it’s the latter, why don’t the Ministry officials let Dumbledore do it? Is it another parallel and are these officials just the Fudges and the Umbridges of their time? Too cowardice and arrogant to admit there’s a real threat and let Dumbledore step in? Or do they know something about Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s past relationship and don’t trust Dumbledore?
I know that some people are even suggesting that Newt has to do it, because he’s the Chosen One. That seems unlikely though, because we do know that eventually Dumbledore does defeat Grindelwald and wins the Elder Wand in that legendary duel.
Will Grindelwald get to Credence and use his powers or will Newt be able to win Credence’s trust and help him?
Has Jacob’s memory just slowly returned or did someone give him his memory back?
Why is Dumbledore in the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom instead of the Transfiguration classroom?
Is Grindelwald escaping in that carriage pulled by Thestrals?

Final question:
Is it November yet?

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