We’ve seen him walk the streets of 1920s Paris and rummage through that iconic briefcase, but for the latest Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald media dump, we’re introduced to a young, panic-stricken Newt Scamander (Joshua Shea) standing within the hallowed halls of Hogwarts.
Via EW, below you’ll see a high-res shot of the young Newt standing next to Albus Dumbledore. Gone are the half-moon spectacles and in their place are, well, Jude Law, who’s agreed to play the world-famous wizard long before he was announced as Hogwarts Headmaster.
And Newt? We know he was tossed out of school for “endangering human life,” so perhaps this flashback scene will shed some light on that pivotal moment? We’ll find out very soon. For the meantime, here’s a vintage shot of Newt Scamander dressed in Hufflepuff robes.
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His expulsion can seemingly be traced back to Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz), and lead star Eddie Redmayne believes The Crimes of Grindelwald will bring us that little bit closer to the pair’s (romantic?) relationship.
Leta, it’s one of those relationships where there was definitely great love there. But was it ever a full-blown relationship? I don’t know. But certainly, she’s somebody who has touched him hugely. At the beginning of this film you realize she’s now in a relationship with Newt’s brother so, of course, that comes with great complications.
Other cast members involved in this fantastical prequel include Newt’s American love interest Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), and the fiercely loyal Muggle known as Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler).
It’s the second of five planned Harry Potter prequels coming from Warner Bros., and on November 16th, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will hope to cast a spell over moviegoers the world over.