How beautiful was that trailer?! I mean seriously, it filled my being with magic. This final trailer debuted on The Ellen Show this morning and has since had fans like myself freaking out over every little detail. So let’s break everything down as best as possible.
- We finally get to see a ton of fantastic beasts, that while in the title of the movie and a major part of the story, have been pretty well absent up to this point. That could be due to finishing CGI effects or deciding what creatures worked best as toys. But it might just be the tiniest beast that steals the show. Niffler the fluffy, black and long-snouted burrowing creature that has a predilection for anything shiny. (P.S. He’s not a new creature to the Potter mythology. He was mentioned in The Goblet of Fire.)
- Speaking of the beasts, the inside of Newt Scamander’s suitcase is HUMONGOUS! Holy crap, you guys!
- Even Newt Scamander finds the term No-Maj stupid!
- The persecution of wizards is a major topic of this film as we see Mary Lou Barebone yelling at a crowd that they aren’t safe as something is wreaking destruction on their city. She’s the leader of the Second Salemers and I sure hope torture isn’t on her agenda.
- Credence Barebone gets some more screen time but his haircut really makes me wish he didn’t. He’s hanging out with Percival Graves, an auror who serves as the U.S. Director of Magical Security, in the alley. No good things are ever discussed in an alley. Plus, Graves seems to be very anti-No-Maj.
- New York is a war zone and the President of MACUSA, Seraphina Picquery mentions that she fears the attacks are related to Grindewald’s attacks in Europe. GRINDEWALD!!!! Gellert Grindelwald is in Harry Potter lore as a famous Dark Wizard that wanted to overthrow the Statue of Secrecy. He wanted wizards to rule Muggles and he led a bloody war before Voldemort was even a name (although Voldemort did end up killing him later down the line because he wanted the Elder Wand that Grindewald once possessed). Albus Dumbledore, his childhood friend was the one to stop him even though Dumbledore did originally help him plan the revolution.
I very much doubt we will see Grindewald or Dumbledore in this film but it’s still fascinating how Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is claiming it’s space in the Potter mythology.
Who else can’t wait for November 18, 2016?
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