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The world of wizardry just got a lot darker

Katherine Waterston and Eddie Redmayne in a scene from the movie  Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald . Supplied by Warner Bros.
Katherine Waterston and Eddie Redmayne in a scene from the movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald . Supplied by Warner Bros. Jaap Buitendijk

IT IS about to get a whole lot darker in the wizarding world.

Where Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a light-hearted introduction to the wizarding world, it's a much darker turn when the Crimes of Grindelwald hits cinemas this month.

The first film set in the universe created by J.K Rowling but not directly linked to the best-selling novels and smash hit films, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ended with the shock unveiling of Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald.

First, we met Newt Scamander, a British magizoologist who has travelled to New York en route to Arizona. The introverted, socially awkward, clumsy magician portrayed by Eddie Redmayne instantly wreaks havoc.

Newt meets Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), a down-on-his-luck aspiring baker who is accidentally introduced to the world of magic.

Fogler, who will reprise his role, said that introduction takes a much darker turn.

"I think it's kind of a balance, it gets more complex,” Fogler said.

"In this one a lot of the familiar characters are back, there's an introduction of new characters, and things are getting more complex and darker.”

Crimes of Grindelwald picks up several months after the first film, and Fogler said the characters were trying to "get the band back together” while on the run in France.

While the relationships between "the good guys” will experience some hardship, there's much deeper, darker forces at bay.

Any doubt about the tone of the sequel to a film that grossed more than $800million at the global box office is expelled about 45 seconds into the newly released trailer when Depp's Grindelwald threatens someone to join him "or die”.

The movie opens on November 15.

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