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The trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hinted at a darker theme than its predecessor. Now, Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) seems to be confirming our suspicions.

With our girl J.K. Rowling writing the scripts for the films, this should really come as no surprise. All Potterheads can attest to an evolving darker theme that develops throughout the Harry Potter books and films, so a similar pattern for Fantastic Beasts only seems natural.

“The most riveting aspect is the tonal change,” Redmayne tells EW. “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.”

Redmayne also dished some deets on the next flick. “I’m enlisted by Dumbledore (Jude Law) to try and track him down and capture him,” Redmayne tells EW. “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.”

The sequel hits theaters on Nov. 16 and you can bet I will have my ticket the second they go on sale.

h/t EW

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Stephanie Grassullo

Stephanie Grassullo

Stephanie Grassullo is an associate editor at Adventure Publishing Group. In addition to handling toy and licensing news and updates for The Toy Book and The Licensing Book, Stephanie also writes toy reviews and commentaries for the Toy Insider. When she’s not binge-watching old episodes of Gossip Girl, Stephanie is always game for Boggle tournaments—she’s the titleholder Boggle champion in her family, and proud of it! Stephanie firmly believes that there is no awkward moment that can’t be remedied with the help of Bop It. To get to know her better, follow her on Twitter @steph_grass.