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Caption: MADS MIKKELSEN as Gellert Grindelwald in Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy adventure

Mads Mikkelsen’s Grindewald Haunts 2nd “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” Trailer

Warner Bros. has revealed the second official trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the third film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The secret weapon of the new film is, in our humble opinion, the addition of the great Mads Mikkelsen as the dastardly Gellert Grindewald, whose legions of followers are growing. The Secrets of Dumbledore comes from veteran Harry Potter director David Yates—the man directed six films in the Potter franchise, including the final four—and continues following the adventures of Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander. As the title suggests, The Secrets of Dumbledore will spend considerable time with the younger Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), as he contends with Grindewald’s increasing threat.

The second trailer gives us a taste of how Grindewald is whipping his followers into a frenzy as he prepares them for a war with the Muggles (the non-magic, for those of you not fluent in Potter-verse). The team that Dumbledore assemble to take down the most dangerous living wizard seems a little threadbare at first. Joining Newt is his brother Theseus (Callum Turner), Bunty (Victoria Yeates), Yusuf Kama (William Nadylam), Professor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks (Jessica Williams), and beloved Beasts veteran, Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler). Former Fantastic Beasts friends are here as well, including Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller).

The cast is aces, yet a movie like this really needs a great villain, and you can’t do better on that score than Mikkelsen, one of the most compelling performers of his generation.

The Secrets of Dumbledore was written by J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves, the latter a scribe on seven of the eight Harry Potter films. Check out the trailer below. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore hits theaters on April 15.

Here’s the official synopsis from Warner Bros.:

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?

Featured image: Caption: MADS MIKKELSEN as Gellert Grindelwald in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure “FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

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