The next chapter in the spellbinding Fantastic Beasts series, The Crimes of Grindelwald, arrives in Cineworld on 16th November.
As you'd expect from a highly anticipated film of this magnitude, plot details are being kept as vague as possible so as not to spoil the many surprises. However, we do know that dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) escapes from prison after being thwarted by magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in the first film, prompting a race against time to prevent a war between wizards and Muggles. This will also involve an intervention from Newt's old schoolmaster Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law)…
As we grow closer to the release date, there's so much we want to know about Newt's latest adventure, and here are just five urgent questions that we need answered in The Crimes of Grindelwald.
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1. How did Credence survive?
A large part of the first Fantastic Beasts revolved around the plight of a troubled young boy named Credence Barebone (Justice League's Ezra Miller). His mission was to track down an Obscurus – a parasitic creature that forms whenever a young wizard suppresses their magic – given to him by high-ranking American wizard Percival Graves (who was ultimately revealed to be Grindelwald in disguise).
In another dramatic twist, it's revealed that young Credence is the Obscurus, and, having embarked on a destructive rampage as an 'obscurial', appears to meet his demise. After believing that Credence was dead, imagine our surprise when we saw him in the trailer for The Crimes of Grindelwald. How could anyone possibly survive what he did?
The first film already hinted at how powerful he was due to how long he survived as an obscurial, which only leaves us wondering how much more powerful he could be, and what he intends to do with his new-found strength. In fact, rumours suggest he'll be hiding in Paris.
2. Why can't Dumbledore move against Grindelwald?
The Crimes of Grindelwald reunites us with one of our most beloved J.K. Rowling characters: Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law). Regarded as one of the most powerful wizards of his time, he's certainly a force to be reckoned with and a huge obstacle in Grindelwald's path.
So why is Newt, a kind-hearted but socially awkward scholar, being sent to face Grindelwald instead of Dumbledore? More importantly, why exactly is Dumbledore unable to "move against Grindelwald"? We've already had a snapshot of Dumbledore and Grindelwald's past in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where we learned their relationship was complicated to say the least.
Moreover, following speculation about possible romantic undertones in their friendship after Rowling revealed Dumbledore to be gay, some fans have begun to wonder if this could by why Dumbledore is reluctant to fight his former friend.
3. What's Newt Scamander doing back at Hogwarts?
The Fantastic Beasts series may take place in the same world as Harry Potter, but so far the adventures of Newt have been at a remove from the Potter franchise. That's not a surprise – after all, it takes place 70 years before Harry even set foot inside Hogwarts.
But as we all know, The Crimes of Grindelwald whisks us back into Hogwarts, and it's the first time we'll have seen the school on the big screen since 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. Even so, we can't help but wonder why we're going back.
One clip introduces a younger Newt in a Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson taught by Dumbledore, so clearly some of the Hogwarts scenes will be relayed in flashback. However, a shot of Newt riding a Kelpie in a location that looks a lot like the school's grounds could mean that he'll be visiting his old school as an adult at some point.
Whatever his reason to visit may be, we just can't wait to see Hogwarts on the big screen again.
4. What's Nagini's role in the film?
Not only will we meet the younger Dumbledore, but there's another familiar character making an interesting appearance: Nagini, who, in the Potter series, is Voldemort's loyal pet snake-turned-horcrux. In The Crimes of Grindelwald, however, Nagini isn't just a snake, she's a circus performer and Maledictus – a woman (Marco Polo actress Claudia Kim) cursed from birth who can transform into an animal, but will eventually be unable to turn back into a human.
The Crimes of Grindelwald will be the first time we've had any backstory about this sinister snake, and we want some light shed on who she was before meeting Voldemort. Given that this film takes places years before Voldemort rose to power, it's unlikely we'll see how the pair met, but we're certainly looking forward to seeing how she went down that path – could it have something to do with Credence?
5. How do the Deathly Hallows come into play?
J.K. Rowling's wizarding world is full of intriguing lore and history. One critical part of this is the Deathly Hallows – three powerful artefacts designed to make the owner impervious to death. We learned about these objects in the final two Harry Potter films, and now it looks like they'll be showing up again in some form.
We know this because the Deathly Hallows symbol turns up hidden within the logo treatment for The Crimes of Grindelwald. Likewise, we also know that Grindelwald has an obsession with the artefacts from the Harry Potter series – in the first Fantastic Beasts film, we saw him give Credence a necklace with the Hallows symbol.
The big question on our mind is what is their significance in The Crimes of Grindelwald?
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Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.