Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them:: Final Trailer Analysis

After months since the very first announcement video last December, we've been inundated with trailers for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Technically 'inundated' constitutes for four [three excluding this one], which really is average for the typical theatrical release, but these alongside the many pieces of merchandise, live stream talks and interviews certainly make a Harry Potter fan feel rather spoiled. After the three trailers Warner Bros had already shared in recent months, the last thing I expected was another; yet the naming of 'The Final Trailer,' just acts as a beautiful reminder that this film is a matter of weeks away. 

Grindelwald? Grindelwald.
First it was Albus Dumbledore getting a name drop, and the internet exploded. Now, it's Gellert Grindelwald. Admittedly, I'm a little puzzled by the choice of mentioning Grindelwald at this point in the series [this is 1926, and Grindelwald doesn't fall until the mid-1940's], but with this mention at the Voldemort's predecessor, the series opens up so many possibilities. The overarching story of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is now more than just finding beasts who have escaped, but has expanded into the rise of Grindelwald and perhaps will lead up to Dumbledore and Grindelwald's final duel, in which Grindelwald is defeated. Who knows. All I know is that I'm excited to see that this trilogy isn't just going to be chasing beasts, but is going to have multiple plots and subplots like the Harry Potter series.

Credence and Graves
Now, I have many many theories surrounding Credence and Graves, but particularly Credence, and this trailer has only gone to spark more and support my ideas. My first is that Credence is a wizard, but as the adoptive son of Mary Lou, he is trying to conceal that, and maybe Graves is helping him to expose that or train him as obviously he won't have attended Ilvermorny. Another is that Credence and Graves are supporters of Grindelwald, as seen in the use of Credence holding a Deathly Hallows necklace in the trailer. Another striking point was in Graves' utteration of the line 'We've lived in the shadows for too long.' Not only is it unsettling to see the coercion of Credence in an alley, because it isn't hard to identify Graves as either being a guider or a manipulator of Credence; but it's also unsettling yet immensely thrilling to wonder if these two characters will reveal dark allegiances and sympathies within this film, and later ones.

Second Salemers
Despite following SpeakBeasty -'s Fantastic Beasts podcast - this is probably the aspect of the film that I know the least about. Once again in the final trailer we see Mary Lou and the Second Salemers campaigning to expose witches and wizards from secrecy and in turn, expose the Wizarding World. It's fascinating to see the lines and similarities being drawn not just in name to the Salem Witch Trials of the 17th Century.

Jacob - the typical newbie Potterhead
'I wish I was a wizard.'
Throughout this final trailer, we see more and more of Jacob [the quartet's Muggle] interacting with the wizarding world. Jacob's enthusiasm. He feels like every new Harry Potter fan when they realise how much they adore and crave this world - both gorgeous and tragic. Parallels can easily be drawn between him and Scorpius Malfoy in Cursed Child from these trailers, but from interviews and articles, it is strongly implied that there's far more to Jacob's character, a war veteran back from World War One, than simply being a muggle in the Wizarding World. 

So THAT'S what's in the Newtcase.
So, it looks like Newt's suitcase has received an upgrade since the first official trailer. Though we have previously seen magical tents and beaded bags with undetectable extension charms placed upon them, this is something else. We've known from the beginning that this suitcase is big enough to house multiple creatures of various shapes and sizes, but I don't think we ever really contemplated going inside the case, given that we're led to believe that the creatures have escaped. From a glimpse at this scene alone, I am reminded of the astonishment I felt and continue to feel every time I see such magic played out in the Harry Potter series. [I also really want a suitcase like this for storage purposes, but that's beside the point.]

Since first starting to write this post about a week ago, the Fantastic Beasts Fan Event happened, in which J.K Rowling announced that this wouldn't be a trilogy but a five-part series. Now having that information, I'm sceptical to see how the points of the first film will expand over the next few years, especially in terms of the Grindelwald/Dumbledore subplot. 

What are your thoughts on the final trailer?  What are your thoughts on this being a five-film series instead of a trilogy? Let me know in the comments.  


  1. WAIT. There is a new trailer? AHHHH How didn't I know this?!?!?! I have to go watch it now.
    - Sarah ☽

  2. HOLLY HOW DO YOU EVEN KNOW ALL OF THIS STUFF?! LIKE THE DATES AND EVERYTHING. WHAT. WOW. i literally know nothing (jon snow, aha) and am just eagerly anticipating the film and whatever it brings lol. This was an awesome, and very intriguing post!

    1. mwahahahaha. I AM THE HARRY POTTER ENCYCLOPEDIA. Sometimes I wonder how much space I would have in my brain if it wasn't consumed by spells and potions and lightning bold scarred wizards; but then I think about all the other stuff that could be there instead and would never change the way it is.



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