We suspected that Gellert Grindelwald might pop up in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — after all, we know he was terrorizing Europe in the early 1900s — and now the final trailer for the film has seemingly confirmed our suspicions.
At one point in the trailer, Madam Seraphina Picquery, president of the Magical Congress of the United States, name-drops Grindelwald, the dark wizard who befriended Albus Dumbledore and waged a global wizarding war against Muggles in Europe. Now, it appears that Grindelwald's ideology and nefarious efforts in Europe have found support stateside — and one highly skilled Auror named Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) is leading the charge. After months of speculation, this trailer finally reveals Graves’s true intentions: to reveal the wizarding world to the No-Majs and instate a wizard-led global order.
It looks like Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has more to worry about than just tracking down his beasts (although they’re still his first priority, especially that adorably mischievous Niffler. Squeeee!)
Does name-dropping Grindelwald mean we’ll see the fallen dark wizard in Fantastic Beasts? If Percival is in fact working with Grindelwald, it’s possible that Dumbledore’s former best friend will make an appearance in the trilogy — and where Grindelwald goes, let’s hope that Albus Dumbledore isn’t too far behind. What if the entire Fantastic Beasts trilogy has been leading up to Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s infamous Duel in 1945?
Back in August, it was revealed that the second Fantastic Beasts film will move deeper into an “increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.”
Yep. Grindelwald is definitely headed to America.