'Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald' dropped a brand new trailer at this year's San Diego Comic-Con and it's all that Potterheads can talk about these days. With over 5.7 million views on YouTube, the trailer is considered one of the biggest hits at Comic-Con, and showed dozens of instantly-iconic images to build hype for the movie. To parse things down, here are the five most relevant takeaways from the teaser.
5. The Return of Classic Harry Potter Artifacts
The trailer was dotted with recognizable items from the beloved original series, some of which, like the Elder Wand and Deluminator, were expected given the characters and the time period they're in. But who could have expected the Mirror of Erised would make a comeback, showing Dumbledore's secret desire for Grindelwald no less?
4. Credence is Back
Ezra Miller's Credence Barebone will return in more than just flashback sequences, as the trailer showed him facing off with a suited wizard, and as a part of Grindelwald's vision for the future. It also demonstrated that he's learned how to control his magic to a certain extent and can even channel it in non-traditional methods, like what appears to be telekinesis.
3. Grindelwald Reinforces His Ideology
J.K. Rowling has gone on record comparing the hereto unseen Grindelwald to a sort of wizard Hitler, and Johnny Depp's speech in the film lends itself to that comparison. In it, he states that hiding in the shadows of muggle society is no longer beneficial to the 'greater good,' and suggests that wizards exert control over their non-magical counterparts.
2. Fantastic Beasts Will Still Focus on Magical Creatures
While a lot of the focus has been centered on the returning characters and the expanded lore which is embedded in the nature of any prequel, it's good to see the franchise hasn't lost sight of one of its most marketable assets, the titular beasts themselves.
The trailer featured such imaginative animals as giant opal-eyed felines, the fan-favorites boggart and niffler, a hippocamp, an inquisitive bird-like creature, and a fearsome, curved-fang lion-type monster.
1. Nicholas. Flipping. Flamel.
Though he was named as a friend of Dumbledore and the maker of the philosopher/sorcerer's stone all the way back in the first book, Nicolas Flamel, a prolific French scribe in real life who was posthumously described as an immortal alchemist, has never made a subsequent appearance or mention since.
To see him show up in the trailer, over two decades since he was last referred to, is a refreshing breath of fresh air mixed with the pleasant perfume of nostalgic recollection.