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Fantastic Beasts 2: first image and official title unveiled


Calling all Cineworld muggles: the official title of Fantastic Beasts 2 has been revealed, along with an image teasing the first look at Jude Law's young Albus Dumbledore.

Drum roll, please... The movie is known as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which should clue you into the storyline. Here's the official synopsis: 

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

Released in 2016 Fantastic Beasts served as our introduction to the pre-Harry Potter New York adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Based on the J.K. Rowling textbook glimpsed within the Potter universe it proved one of the year's biggest success stories, grossing $814 million worldwide. Many key creatives are returning for the sequel including director David Yates, screenwriter Rowling, and producers David Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

Scroll down to check out the first image from the movie.

(Pictured l-r: JUDE LAW plays a young ALBUS DUMBLEDORE, taking on the mantle of one of J.K. Rowling’s most beloved characters; EZRA MILLER makes a return as the enigmatic CREDENCE, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film; CLAUDIA KIM appears as a Maledictus, the carrier of a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast; ZOË KRAVITZ plays LETA LESTRANGE, who had once been close to Newt Scamander but is now engaged to his brother; CALLUM TURNER joins the cast as Newt’s older brother, THESEUS SCAMANDER, a celebrated war hero and the Head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic; KATHERINE WATERSTON returns as TINA GOLDSTEIN, who has been reinstated as an Auror for MACUSA; EDDIE REDMAYNE stars again as wizarding world Magizoologist NEWT SCAMANDER, who has now gained fame in the wizarding world as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; DAN FOGLER reprises the role of the only No-Maj in the group, JACOB KOWALSKI; ALISON SUDOL reprises the part of Tina’s free-spirited sister, QUEENIE GOLDSTEIN, a Legilimens who can read minds; and JOHNNY DEPP returns as the powerful Dark wizard GELLERT GRINDELWALD in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD.)

What do you make of the title and the image? Let us know @Cineworld. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is released on 16th November 2018.