After the final trailer for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them was released at the end of September, we certainly got a more solid sense of what this film is about. Now EW has released new character posters for the film that back up what we can expect story-wise from the film, but also put a name to the No-Maj (non-magical) group who have it out for the wizarding world, and that connect a character to the evil dark lord who preceded Voldemort.
The trailer, which you can watch below, let on that in addition to tracking down the magical creatures that escaped his suitcase, Newt Scamander and his friends in MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America, America's answer to the Ministry of Magic) are wrapped up in something even darker. Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo), the President of MACUSA, mentions that there is a connection to the events happening in NYC to the attacks committed by Gellert Grindelwald in Europe (a name that will ring bells with Harry Potter fans).
Watch the final Fantastic Beasts trailer below:
What Can We Learn From The Posters?
The first of the posters show us characters we're already familiar with. Newt Scamander gets the most dashing poster, of course. Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) is a MACUSA auror out to help Newt round up the loose magical creatures. Jacob Kowalski is a baking enthusiast Muggle, er, No-Maj, responsible for the beasts getting loose.
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But the more menacing of Fantastic Beast's characters are far more interesting. Seen briefly in the trailer lobbying on the steps of a building about the dangers of witches in America's midst, Samantha Morton's Mary Lou Barebone gets a more detailed description:
Mary Lou Barebone is a No-Maj and the fanatical leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society (a.k.a. the Second Salemers), having dedicated her life to seeking out and destroying witches and wizards. She's enlisted her three adopted children — two daughters and a son — in her crusade against magic, and all three of them "live in fear of her wrath."
Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) is one of Mary Lou's adopted children and apparently also a Second Salemer. In the trailer, Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) is seen talking with Credence in an alley. Shady behavior for the head of magical security. And now we have further proof Graves might be a darker wizard than we know. Side note: It also looks like Scamander and Kowalski are accused of robbing a bank, according to the poster behind Credence's head.
What Can We Speculate?
In the left-hand side of Graves' character poster we see a necklace with the emblem of the Deathly Hallows. This would suggest that either Graves is seeking the Deathly Hallows himself, or he's in cahoots with someone who is, namely Grindelwald. Graves could be Grindelwald's eyes and ears in America, especially with a position that far up in the American magical government.
Why a powerfully magical wizard would recruit a No-Maj like Credence is uncertain, but every villain needs their lackey, and if Credence is living "in fear of [Mary Lou's] tyrannical rules" he may be motivated to turn against her. And a group already pitted against magical folk may be the perfect scapegoat for attacks against people of both the magic and non-magic world.
So while we'll definitely be getting some fun magical creatures and Scamander's adventurous efforts to locate and return them all to his magical suitcase, it looks like we'll be getting an even darker subplot. A subplot that perfectly sets up the film for a potential magical world war, or at least further exploration into the Dark Arts before Voldemort was the leader of the Deatheaters.
We don't have to wait long to see if these guesses for the film hold any truth as Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them releases November 18.
Do these posters and their clues have you excited for the film? Where do you think they could take the film if further films are made?
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]