The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel has an official title, confirming the series’ departure away from the original guide book that inspired the franchise.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald takes place just after the events of the original film, according to a press release from Warner Bros. Note that in the first image for the movie, Grindelwald can be seen to the very right, drawing inspiration from other popular fictional characters like the Malfoys and Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. To the left, Jude Law’s Dumbledore can be seen wearing an indigo trench coat. The full synopsis can be read below.
Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) has escaped custody and will be seen gathering followers to his nefarious cause. This next film will also see Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) enlisted by Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to try and stop him.
In one year, return to the Wizarding World with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. #MagicInProgress #FantasticBeasts pic.twitter.com/8aWj8xhGj5— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) November 16, 2017
For those who may not remember, Grindelwald and Dumbledore have a tumultuous relationship, to say the least. Grindelwald, in possession of the Elder Wand, presents a dangerous front to all of wizarding kind. An in-depth recap of what you need to know can be read on Pottermore.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald “takes place in New York, Paris and London, where we will see love and loyalties tested in this tumultuous time in the wizarding world,” according to a blog post on Pottermore.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released on Nov. 16, 2018.