Hold on to your Nimbus 2000s, Harry Potter fans, because the recently released cast photo from the Fantastic Beasts sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has the internet losing its collective mind. Grindelwald, in possession of the Elder Wand, presents a risky front to all of wizarding kind. The Crimes Of Grindelwald opens one year from today on November 16, 2018.
Zoe Kravitz will play Leta Lestrange in the sequel, while Callum Turner plays Newt's brother Theseus Scamander.
David Yates returns to direct the next Fantastic Beasts, which is written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Which side she will end up on we don't know, but the lure of working with the carrier of the Elder Wand might just prove too much, given we know the magical implement is capable of enhancing wizarding powers far beyond their usual grade.
Colin Farrel in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.' Courtesy Warner Bros. Enter Dumbledore, who calls upon Newt to stop the dark wizard from "gathering more followers to his cause - elevating wizards above all non-magical beings".
This would be an excellent development for the Wizarding world, which has long included motifs of LGBTQIA repression (Professor Remus Lupin, and Fantastic Beasts' Credence in the first film), but never played those themes openly.
Besides for that rather lengthy and cumbersome infodump, Warner Bros. has also released the official plot synopsis, which gives us our first ideas as to what all these characters will actually be up to on-screen. "Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world".