Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is out in a few months and we can’t wait for the fun. But star Eddie Redmayne told EW that the film will be much darker than the original. Though, if you watched the trailer, you kind of had that idea. But that’s not because of the London and night time settings. 

According to Redmayne, the film takes on a tonal shift from a fun adventure to a thriller. The actor said the script had “cryptic elements” and it’s tone made it a page turner. A wizarding world thriller involving magical beasts? Apparently. But this film will be “more rigorous” and weaving in a lot more Potter lore we’re familiar with. (Though, another article over at EW says that things are going to change up a bit with Dumbledore’s (Jude Law) class.)


As we learned in the trailer, Dumbledore has recruited Newt to help him track down Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Not only that but to actually capture him! How will sweet, animal loving Newt capture a dark wizard? And just what has Grindelwald been up to since he escaped MACUSA? Apparently he’s been recruiting all sorts of hateful wizards and witches. “What’s happened is Grindelwald’s belief that purebloods should reign over all non-magical beings is a political thing. He’s rallying more and more people and it causes divisions across families. He’s pretty hypnotic.” Sound familiar? 

I’m really looking forward to this film. I almost don’t know what to expect this time around. The first film was a fun romp about tracking down magical beasts while a threat was looming. Now the magical beasts are pushed aside and a dark tone takes over. As I questioned above, I just find it so hard to believe that the nervous and sweet Newt could do anything other than help people. He got lucky in New York, will his luck continue?

Check out the new images and be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Fantastic Beasts news. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald flies into theaters November 16th, 2018.


Erin Lynch