Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne (‘Newt Scamander’) and Jude Law (‘Albus Dumbledore’) surprised Harry Potter fans gathered at King’s Cross railway station on September 1, 2018. Redmayne and Law were on hand for the annual “Back to Hogwarts” Day celebration and the countdown to the 11am departure of the Hogwarts Express from Platfom 9 3/4.
Every witch and wizard (and reader of J.K. Rowling’s books) knows September 1st is the day when students head off to class at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
While attending the “Back to Hogwarts” Day event, Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law posed for photos with Wizarding World fans dressed up as characters from J.K. Rowling’s magical universe. They even led this year’s countdown to the 11am Hogwarts Express departure.
Per Warner Bros: “Fans lined up for hours at a popular photo point to get a shot of themselves pushing a luggage trolley ‘through’ the brick wall to recreate Harry and others’ passage through the magical barrier and onto Platform 9 ¾, with staff on-hand to help with the finishing touches, such as their Hogwarts scarf. But in the place of staff members, fans reached the front of the line to find none other than Redmayne and Law standing by to assist.”
Muggles worldwide can check out the second adventure in Warner Bros Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, in theaters on November 16, 2018. In addition to Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law, the cast includes Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, and Johnny Depp.
David Yates directed from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. David Heyman, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram and Rowling produced, with Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen executive producing.
The Plot: At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.