Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to take us further back in time than we previously thought. Thanks to a new image from the film, we now know that the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel will travel back to the time lead character Newt Scamander was just a young Hogwarts student, some time close to the year 1908.
Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed the picture, which features young Newt Scamander attending a class taught by a much younger-looking Albus Dumbledore. By the expressions on their faces, as well as the fellow classmates in the back, it appears that whatever the characters are facing could prove quite fearsome.
Since we know that Newt was eventually expelled from Hogwarts after a dangerous accident, it's possible this is what the movie's flashback scene will feature. But it could also simply be a scene that shows us the birth of a strong and respectful friendship between Dumbledore and Scamander, who are bound to team-up in the present day to put a stop to the evil wizard Gellert Gridenwald.
Arriving Nov. 16, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is directed by David Yates, with J.K. Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram serving as producers. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, Katherine Waterston as Tina, Alison Sudol as Queenie, Dan Fogler as Jacob, Ezra Miller as Credence, Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange and Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander.