DARKER SHADE OF BEASTS

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It is about to get a whole lot darker in the wiz­ard­ing world.

Where Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them ( FBAWTFT) was a light­hearted in­tro­duc­tion to how the wiz­ard­ing world ex­ists in the United States, you can ex­pect a much darker turn when the Crimes of Grindel­wald hits cin­e­mas next month.

The first film set in the uni­verse cre­ated by J K Rowl­ing, FBAWTFT ended with the shock un­veil­ing of Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindel­wald.

First, we met Newt Sca­man­der, a British ma­g­i­zo­ol­o­gist who has trav­elled to New York. The in­tro­verted, so­cially awk­ward, clumsy ma­gi­cian por­trayed by Ed­die Red­mayne — and the brief­case we learned con­tains an ar­ray of mag­i­cal crea­tures big and small — in­stantly wreaks havoc.

Newt soon meets Ja­cob Kowal­ski, a down-on-his-luck as­pir­ing baker. Ja­cob (Dan Fogler) is in­tro­duced to the world of magic.

Fogler, who will reprise his role, said that in­tro­duc­tion takes a much darker turn.

“I think it’s kind of a bal­ance, it gets more com­plex,” Fogler said. “In the first one you’re re­ally just be­ing in­tro­duced to a lot of the char­ac­ters, but in this one a lot of the fa­mil­iar char­ac­ters are back, there’s an in­tro­duc­tion of new char­ac­ters, and things are get­ting more com­plex and darker.

“The re­la­tion­ships are be­ing strained more in this one.”

Crimes of Grindel­wald picks up sev­eral months af­ter the first film, and Fogler said the char­ac­ters were try­ing to “get the band back to­gether” while on the run in France.

The re­la­tion­ships be­tween “the good guys” will ex­pe­ri­ence some hard­ship.

In the first film, Grindel­wald had dis­guised him­self as Per­ci­val Graves (Colin Far­rell).

One of the last scenes showed Grindel­wald had es­caped, and the newly-re­leased trailer for Crimes of Grindel­wald shows he is run­ning wild. Fan­tas­tic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindel­wald opens in cin­e­mas on Novem­ber 15

Kooky Johnny Depp plays Gellert Grindel­wald.

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