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New Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Shows Mads Mikkelsen As Grindelwald

The new Harry Potter franchise adventure will be in theaters on April 15.


Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. The next Fantastic Beasts installment will hit theaters on April 15, 2022.

An official synopsis for the film is as follows: "Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?" Check out the new clip below.

As fans no doubt remember, Johnny Depp was going to return as Grindelwald--but that is no longer the case, as has been widely reported and the cause of some internet drama. Madds Mikkelsen has stepped in to take over the role, and said earlier this year that it would be "creatively stupid" to try to copy Depp's performance. This new trailer gives audiences a first look at his take on the character. Grindelwald is not the first Harry Potter character to be recast, as Dumbledore was originally played by Richard Harris until his passing. After that, Michael Gambon came in to play the character in his own way that took the spirit of Harris' portrayal but with his own style.

A "retrospective special" commemorating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter will be debuting on HBO Max on January 1.

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