This. Is. Intense.
I don’t even know what I just watched. There was so much packed into this two and a half minute trailer and it went by so fast.
Credence calls the Maledictus ‘Nagini’, Grindelwald escapes in a carriage pulled by Thestrals, Newt finds Tina in some sort of cave, Queenie is looking at a symbol of a bird, Nicholas Flamel pops up, Dumbledore is looking into the Mirror of Erised, Newt and Tina are running, Jacob and Newt use a Portkey, Grindelwald is standing in front of a crowd of people, Credence angrily breaks a birdcage, Queenie is crying, there’s a lion-ish creature, Tina and Newt catch Newt’s brother.
Well, I’m out of breath now.
Let’s break things down.
We already know that ‘shit’s about to get real’ at the very beginning of the trailer when Dumbledore hands Newt the address of a safe house in Paris. Just in case things go terribly wrong. Then Newt will have a place to go for a cup of tea. Oh Dumbledore, how I love your ability to find humour in dark times.
Meanwhile the Maledictus is in some sort of large cage and while Credence watches her and whispers ‘Nagini’, the Maledictus changes into the huge snake we know so well.
There was already a fan theory going around about the Maledictus being Nagini, but it surprised me that it was confirmed in this trailer. It seems like a bit of a spoiler.
Then there’s a shot of a dark-haired man standing on top of a tower and holding the Elder wand while a carriage pulled by Thestrals can be seen in the distance.
In the next scene we see Grindelwald holding the Elder wand, seemingly waiting for the carriage and hexing something (the Thestrals?) into snakes to kill the person who is steering the carriage.
So did Grindelwald use Polyjuice Potion to turn himself into that dark-haired man and escape?
Grindelwald’s voice can be heard saying, “join me… or die” while he throws someone out of the carriage. He isn’t messing around.
We have Newt saying: “You want me to hunt him down, to kill him. Dumbledore, why can’t you go?”
And then there’s Dumbledore looking into the Mirror of Erised. He’s holding his right hand to the glass, touching the hand of a young man in the Mirror who is the younger version of himself. The next moment we can see his left hand pressed to the glass, touching the hand of a young Grindelwald in the Mirror.
Is Dumbledore standing there holding both hands to the Mirror, looking at his younger self and young Grindelwald standing next to each other?
A moment later Dumbledore can be seen looking in the Mirror and seeing the current version of Grindelwald. Their hands aren’t touching through the glass. They’re simply looking at each other.
Maybe this is the moment Dumbledore starts to realise what Grindelwald has become and starts to move on from the love he felt for young Grindelwald who simply doesn’t exist anymore.
We can also see Queenie (seemingly crouching in the middle of a busy street) sobbing while pressing her hands against her ears.
Queenie is a Legilimens, so is she getting information that is terrible?
I’m also curious to see how and why the Maledictus ends up with Newt, Tina, Jacob and Newt’s brother at the end. Why is the Maledictus there without Credence? And why is Queenie not with the group?
We only have to wait a few weeks to get all the answers. And then… the future will change forever.
Dumbledore: “Do you know why I admire you, Newt? You do not seek power. You simply ask: “Is the thing right?””