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.