Opening with the whisper of “Lumos Maxima”, and a bright flashing light shining in the darkness, the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer immediately links the latest adventure to the tone and feel of the Harry Potter franchise.
Multiple moments in the trailer hark back to that record-breaking phenomenon from the direct reference to The Prisoner of Azkaban to a glimpse of John Williams’ Hedwig’s Theme, the trailer gives us muggles hope, as the wizards are returning.
The trailer, short, sweet and perfectly calibrated, does what a teaser should do and gives away only basic snippets of information. A wizard arrives in New York with a case full of magical monsters and some escape. Let the games begin.
Flashes of what can be assumed to be the Magical Congress of the United States — the American version of the Ministry of Magic — with a five-point star on the floor suggest that the Salem Witch Trials are not forgotten and whoever the politicians are, they clearly intimidate Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston).
Visually, the palate seems to echo the greys and blues of David Yates’ Potter films. The destructive powers of the beasts is made apparent through the worried glances and a massive hole in the wall.
“Just a smidge,” says Redmayne’s Newt Scamander at the end of the trailer. Like his magical suitcase, the filmmakers have opened up the latest adventure in the Wizarding World by just a snippet and the rest is up to our imaginations.