Warner Bros has revealed the title of the next instalment in the projected five-part Fantastic Beasts series: The Crimes of Grindelwald. It sounds like the title of a book a bully in a 1980s movie would make up while bullying a nerd, to be quite honest.
Obviously, the title teases that the movie will be diving deeper into Harry Potter lore, exploring more of the background of evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who the books heavily implied was kind of the wizarding world’s version of Hitler (Dumbledore defeated him in 1945, a totally random year with absolutely no signficance I promise you).
It looks like a darker film, and focuses heavily on the conflict between Newt Scamander and Grindelwald. I’d bet my two cents on Dumbledore making an appearance somewhere too – perhaps in the last ten minutes, because that’s how you spin a cinematic universe these days, it would seem.
In Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, it is revealed – spoiler alert – that Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was posing as a high-level Auror Percival Graves (Colin Farrell). Despite controversy about Johnny Deep continuing to appear in the series – considering he has been accused of domestic abuse – he’s definitely still in this movie.
Fans are pissed, both because of the allegations and the fact that Warner Bros didn’t replace Depp, who only appeared in the first movie for about ten minutes at the very end.
If they can cut & reshoot Kevin Spacey out of an entire film then #FantasticBeasts has no excuse for keeping known abuser Johnny Depp.— Erynne Hundley (@Erynne_Hundley) November 16, 2017
Either way, the movie lands in November 2018. Prep your wands, your robes, your… ah, fuggedaboutit.