I did my waiting! 4 years of it! In Lockdown!
As any Wizarding World fan is aware, the next instalment of the Fantastic Beasts saga is soon upon us. We may not have waited thirteen years in Azkaban, but the recent pandemic was just as soul-sucking as those dementors. It’s been 4 years since the release of the last film – The Crimes of Grindelwald – and we have only had one theatrical trailer bestowed upon us. So, what are we to expect from Fantastic Beasts: The secrets of Dumbledore? Let’s break down the trailer.
At first glance we get a glimpse of Jacob receiving a wand, at least one scene with a new magical creature, and a newly fashioned Grindelwald in the form of Mads Mikkelsen. But most noticeably, we see Credence (Ezra Miller) with shoulder length hair. Why is this notable? In the previous film Credence had a buzz cut, so here a considerable amount of time has passed; at least three, maybe four years? It makes sense to have a larger time jump here, as the Fantastic Beasts franchise is a pentalogy, culminating in the final battle between Dumbledore and Grindelwald in 1945. Given this time jump, we can only assume that the next film will be set during WWII, with the finale set in 1945.
Back to the Secrets of Dumbledore. Mads Mikkelsen, our new celebrity, joins the cast with a slightly different look to his predecessor. It’s understandable that with a change of actors the character’s appearance changes slightly too. But he looks kind of like himself. The simple explanation could be that they wanted to depart from the previous iteration of Grindelwald, but there is also speculation around whether he has transfigured himself to look different (as seen in the first film). A less electrified, ghostly look could serve a political agenda very well when trying to infiltrate and start war with muggles after all. Although, this look is more consistent with the younger visions of Grindelwald we’ve seen before.
My biggest pet peeve of the trailer? Newt gives Jacob a wand. Not just any wand, A wand that highly resembles the wands you used to be able to get on Pottermore. Cue the onslaught of theories around Jacob’s familial history. Is he really a No-Maj? Is there magical blood in his ancestry? Or, did Dumbledore just present him with a wand for the sake of Jacob’s involvement? A little souvenir, if you will. Dumbledore is quite adept at reading those who take on his quests, we’ve seen it before. He left Ron a deluminator (which helped him return to the golden trio), Hermione received the Tales of Beadle the Bard (the origin story of the Deathly Hallows), and Harry famously got the snitch with the resurrection stone hidden inside. Each item played to the character’s strengths. So what strength will Jacob bring to the table?
We are also transported around the world in an instant. Shots of the familiar Hogwarts; the room of requirement with a new contraption to transport our characters, cross our screen whilst Dumbledore tells the others to trust him. A new school teacher, Eulalie Hicks, also joins the crew as they travel to the school in Brazil. Coincidentally where Grindelwald is rallying people in a few moments of the trailer. Hopefully we see more of the Brazilian school and it’s surroundings than just these few scenes. The previous film finished in Germany, so it would also make sense to return there as the time approaches WWII.
However, we only seem to get a short glimpse of a fantastic beast. It would be great to se the film to live up to it’s namesake; I can’t help but feel that the fantastic beasts have become coincidental to the Dumbledore/Grindelwald battle of bromance. It’s pretty clear what the focus is when looking at the font sizing in the poster. That being said, Potterheads are very excited for this film. For those out there who grew up reading, watching and anticipating each new release in the 90’s/2000’s, any new release to the Wizarding World is an expansion worth absorbing.
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