Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Character Posters Offers New Plot Hints


The countdown for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has steadily been ticking away this year. Since its initial trailer release and taking over San Diego Comic Con, Newt's next set of adventures have given us a closer look at what we can expect when he crosses paths with Dumbledore and Grindelwald once more.

Now, we have new character posters that offer bigger insights and questions about new and familiar faces that will join or pose a threat to the wizarding world as we know it. Each character poster includes not only an unique symbol but a special tagline that connects them to a bigger part of the story. Take a look at Newt Scamander, Tina Goldstein, Jacob Kowalski, Albus Dumbledore, and more behind the cut. 

Beware this post contains spoilers about the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series so far including the next film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald!


Newt Scamander

The last time we saw Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, he was leaving the American wizarding world having helped MACUSA wipe No-Maj's memories of having witnessed magic and looking forward to publishing his book. His poster's special symbol includes the ever-lovable bowtruckle Pickett, but contains the tagline: Wanted for Questioning. It's possible that Newt's inadvertent adventure in NYC has put him on the Ministry's radar, especially after already been expelled at Hogwarts.


Tina Goldstein

Tina was last seen accepting Newt's invitation to receive his published book in person, but after being reinstated as an Auror, it looks like she is on a mission of her own and will catch up with Newt again. From the symbol of the Eiffel Tower and her tagline On Foreign Assignment, there's not a lot of mystery about what she's up to since we know the next film takes place in Paris, France. But are Newt and Tina on good terms? What exactly is her assignment? We'll have to find out.

Queenie Goldstein

Queenie, on the other hand, might be up to no good. The latest trailer clearly shows Tina's sister on a mission of her own as well, one that puts her through a lot of painful obstacles. Interestingly, we don't know where Queenie's quest begins in the sequel, nor the reasons why a ring is used for her poster's symbol. Is it possible that she and Jacob got engaged? Or is it the start of more unraveling questions containing another deathly hallows: the resurrection stone?


Jacob Kowalski

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the ever-so charming No Maj Jacob was able to retain some sort of memory as he was unexpectedly visited by Queenie in his bakery,  His experiences with Newt in the first film definitely falls in line with his tagline as a No-Maj of Interest, especially since he reunites with the magizoologist on his quest. Fittingly, a biscuit is used as his posters symbol, especially since Paris's pastries are considered some of the best foot on Earth.


Theseus Scamander

We only know of tidbits of Newt and Theseus's relationship, which is strained to say the least. As a war hero and Head of Aurors at the Ministry of Magic, Theseus considers himself as an accomplished wizard between the two of them. With his line of work, and a bit of sibling rivalry brewing, there's no doubt that his professional ties will get involved with Newt being called in for questioning. Will they be able to work out their differences?


Leta Lestrange

Her surname connecting to a certain famous Harry Potter related family immediately makes Leta Lestrange a fascinating character. We have so many questions about her: what does the bird symbol represent in her poster? what prophecy is she implicated in? What we do know from the trailer and first film, her relationship with Newt is also on thin ice, as herself, Newt, and Theseus previously had a falling out. In the trailer, it looks like she will come to the aid of Newt's help against Gellert Grindelwald, but will it be an easy reconciliation between the trio? 

Credence Barebone

The orphaned child turned Obscurial is back, and the action is even bigger than ever. Seen as a member of Circus Arcanus in the sequel, Credence still contains his magical powers and appears to be trying to figure out who he is after his life was shattered in the first film. To say he is searching of an identity is a bit of an understatement for the tortured character.

Nagini

Quite possibly, the biggest revelation to hit the wizarding world in years: Nagini was once a woman contracted with Maledictus, a blood curse passed down from mother to daughter which makes its sufferers transform into a magical beast. In Nagini's case it is a snake, and by all means, we know (or assume) she will become one of Voldemort's companions and horcruxes. We know she is in cahoots with Credence Barebone who'd be considered a fugitive after attacking NYC in his Obscurial form. But how did they meet and how will her journey eventually coincide with Voldemort? Like Leta Lestrange, we have so many questions....


Albus Dumbledore

Hogwarts beloved headmaster is finally making his debut in a younger form with Jude Law. Dumbledore is at the center of Newt's epic call to action in Crimes of Grindelwald, as he calls on his former student to help him thwart Gellert Grindelwald's plans to take over the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. Like his poster, you could say he's a phoenix rising from the ashes after the Harry Potter series, however, his inability to stop Grindelwald might be explained in part by his tagline: under surveillance. 

Gellert Grindelwald

After being successfully captured by MACUSA , it's not long before Grindelwald breaks free from his prison and begins to strive for power over No-Majs and the wizarding world. A skull with a tail and flames sits squarely inside his poster as the headlines from the first Fantastic Beasts film continues to ring true: he's at large and someone in the wizarding world must stop his rise to power. Will Newt and co. be able to end his dark plans? We'll have to wait and find out!

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