15/03/2018 08:57 SAST | Updated 15/03/2018 08:57 SAST

FIRST TRAILER: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald'

First look at trailer promises a much better film than we were expecting the controversy-plagued project to deliver.

Much of the build-up to the release of the "Fantastic Beasts" sequel ― the defence of Johnny Depp's casting, young Dumbledore not being "explicitly" gay in the film, etc. ― has been less than magical.

But consider us happily surprised by the first look at "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald", the second instalment in the planned five-part franchise, which dropped a trailer on Tuesday.

The first film was set in the American wizarding community. But in this clip, we see the focus return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Dumbledore (Jude Law) is being questioned about the whereabouts of the mumbly magi-zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).

The two are on the hunt for the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp), who is bent on ruling over all non-magical beings, aka muggles or no-majs.

We also get a look at returning actors Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Ezra Miller in the trailer, as well as newcomer Zoe Kravitz. And of course, like always, there are plenty of fantastic beasts.

"The Crimes of Grindelwald" is scheduled to hit theatres on November 16.

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