Ever since The Empire Strikes Back hit theaters all those years ago, every trilogy since has tried to copy that formula and flip the tone for the sequel in comparison to the original movie. The Harry Potter universe is full of entries that have different tones, as each story calls for a different vibe. When it comes to the Fantastic Beasts movies, so far, we only know the fun and light-heartened feel that the first movie offered. It was exactly what we were hoping in the movie, but in no surprise, Newt Scamander himself just revealed that sequel will be taking a different route.
Eddie Redmayne recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly and in the conversation, was asked how The Crimes of Grindelwald differs from the first movie, where he had this to say:
“The most riveting aspect is the tonal change. 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.”
As I said, it’s no surprise that this is where J.K. Rowling and director David Yates want to take the story. Not only will it give us something fresh from the original movie, but the story will be dealing with the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who seems to only bring terror wherever he goes. It should make for quite an exciting sequel, or thrilling rather, as Redmayne puts it. Redmayne also had this to say about Grindelwald:
“What’s happened is Grindelwald’s belief that purebloods should reign over all non-magical beings is a political thing,” Redmayne teased. “He’s rallying more and more people and it causes divisions across families. He’s pretty hypnotic.”
I’ll be honest, it’s pretty tough for me to get excited about Johnny Depp being the main villain in a film focused around magic. He’s played so many cooky and wacky characters before that have brought a jokey vibe to a movie, it just turns me off and makes me nervous to see it in a movie like Fantastic Beasts. On the other hand, with a director like Yates and Depp having possibly the most experience on set, I hope he knows when to turn that on and off. If this sequel is “darker,” Grindelwald has to be one of the most menacing wizards we’ve seen, second to Voldemort.
What do you think of these comments? Is this what you were hoping from the sequel? Am I wrong about Johnny Depp? How excited are you to see young Dumbledore? Also starring Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Zoe Kravitz and Ezra Miller, Yates’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released on November 16th.