We just learned Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them will be five movies instead of three (which was news to the actors as well), and Johnny Depp just joined the cast. Now Warner has released two clips and a Harry Potter related promo video for the film franchise, all installments of which will be written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
The first film follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a “magizoologist” who was kicked out of Hogwarts for “endangering human life with a beast” and is now capturing strange and sometimes dangerous creatures in 1920s New York City. This first clip shows one of the beasts who is more strange than dangerous, a platypus-like little fellow named Niffler who likes to eat money.
Warner tasked their Twitter followers to guess spells using emojis, unlocking clips if they guessed the right emojis in the correct order. Here’s the second clip released from that Twitter game. The clip shows Samantha Morton (who plays “Mary Lou”, perhaps a Mary Sue joke) using magic to bake a fancy strudel in seconds.
The third video features Ezra Miller, an “obsessive Harry Potter nerd” who plays wizard Colin Farrell’s lackey Credence Barebone (and also plays The Flash in the DC Extended Universe). Miller tries to explain what Fantastic Beasts has to do with Harry Potter, which turns into a lot of nerding out about Gellert Grindelwald (the most powerful evil wizard before Voldemort) rising to power and losing a duel with Albus Dumbledore around the same time as Fantastic Beasts takes place.
Going to take a wild guess those two extra movies are going to be Albus Dumbledore prequels.