Newt Scamander is going back to Hogwarts! Well, at least in flashbacks he is. The sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has us going back to the hallowed halls of Hogwarts for the first time since 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.
The life of young Newt Scamander, as well as a vastly younger Albus Dumbledore, will be explored in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, as shown in a new behind-the-scenes still from the film, set to release this fall.
The Harry Potter prequel has given fans a new lease on the Wizarding World since 2016, as we ventured into New York in the 1920s, where the world of magic was still alive and well. The first film introduced us to the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, which some Potter fans may know was a long time rival (and love) of Albus Dumbledore. This film will focus more on his rise to power and Dumbledore’s response with the forces of light magic, which some regarded as the biggest reason that Dumbledore became one of the lore’s most famed wizards.
As a sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the main character will still be Newt Scamander. His fate while at Hogwarts was first revealed during Fantastic Beasts 1 as Percival Graves told of him being expelled because of an incident involving a magical creature that “endangered human life,” even though Dumbledore tried everything in his power to defend him and keep him from expulsion.
The context of the new still from this film is unknown so far. It looks reminiscent of a scene in Harry Potter 3, when the students study Boggarts with Professor Lupin, which were also “Fantastic Beasts,” so to speak. That being said, that’s merely speculation.
Whatever the scene is, the job of this second film seems to be to establish the teacher/student relationship between Scamander and Dumbledore, as it appears that their alliance is a major factor in taking down Grindelwald. The defeat of Grindelwald by Dumbledore is known by wizarding fans around the world, but the exact circumstances and details of it are not.
Check out the still below:
The film will also look to explore the rise and fall of Newt’s relationship with fellow Hogwarts classmate, Leta Lestrange. This was first alluded to briefly in Fantastic Beasts, but with Zoe Kravitz being fully promoted to a co-star of the film, the two characters will surely meet. As Potter fans may know, the Lestrange family went on to be strong advocates of the dark arts and the destructive ways of Voldemort, years later. Leta Lestrange’s character traits will be ones to watch for that reason.
Check out this featurette in which Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) speaks about his tumultuous relationship with Leta Lestrange: