Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald will have a much darker tone than the first movie did. The upcoming sequel will bring back Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander as he is recruited by Albus Dumbledore to take on rogue wizard, Gillert Grindewald (Johnny Depp).
In 2016, director David Yates and author J.K. Rowling brought Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them onto the big screen. As the predecessor to the Harry Potter films, Fantastic Beasts followed Newt Scamander as he located his mysterious creatures throughout New York City and battled an even darker magic. The film also introduced characters familiar to the Harry Potter series, including Grindewald. Now, with the sequel due out in November, fans can expect the film to take a darker tonal shift than the first.
According to an interview with Redmayne from EW, The Crimes of Grindewald feels more like a thriller. The sequel will take Newt, Dumbledore, and other characters to Paris, where, likely, much of the action will take place. At the end of the first film, Grindewald was remanded into the custody of MACUSE (Magical Congress of the United States of America). Making good on his promise, Grindewald escaped. Now, Newt and Dumbledore set out to thwart Grindewald’s plan in the sequel, which will take the story deeper into Harry Potter lore as well.
“It’s darker and more rigorous and weaving in the Potter lore we’re much more familiar with. So these characters you met in the first film are now in the wizarding world you understand more thoroughly. When I read [the script] it had these cryptic elements to it and it played like a thriller that made it a page-turner.”
Fantastic Beasts follows suit with the Harry Potter films in their draw. Much like the Potter films, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them introduced the audience to a new world. As the series progresses, those stories will get darker and more intense, just like the Potter films before them. But now that fans are acquainted with the world, the page-turner aspect could move even faster as the story quickly becomes more intense and the stakes are higher.