Despite ending in 2010, audiences around the world continue to flock to anything Harry Potter related. The world of Witches and Wizards continues to fascinate long beyond the stories of Potter himself, as the Wizarding World has proven a solid IP for Warner Brothers to push. In 2016, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” became the first film in the franchise to win an Oscar, despite being the 9th overall entry in the Wizarding World. With a period setting and some marquee actors, this franchise may be in store for more exciting things ahead. The new trailer for “The Crimes of Grindelwald” puts that theory to the test.
There are some huge implications for the franchise as a whole. Beyond some nods, to the original films (including the fact that Nagini might actually be an Animagus) we get some more great looks at the struggle between Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Of course, our heroes from the first film Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) and Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) find their way into the mix. There’s also some very cool special effects to look at in the new trailer, even to the point that we might have to consider this a dark horse in the special effects race. While the first film missed out in the Visual Effects cateogry, this one looks like a stronger contender in a weaker year.
Beyond that, the sequel returns Coleen Atwood, Stuart Craig, and Anna Pinnock, each already an Oscar winner. They all received nominations last time out, with Atwood winning for costumes and Craig & Pinnock receiving a production design nod. With a grander scale this time around, all could be up for the race again. As odd as it may seem, this feature looks primed to add to the nomination totals, especially below-the-line. Might we have a late-breaking blockbuster on our hands?