On an interview to BuzzFeed, Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston, who portray Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein, revealed their characters’ condition during Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Newt and Tina’s relationship regressed
At the end of the first movie, Newt and Tina were in love. In The Crimes of Grindelwald, however, their relationship regressed. “There’s miscommunication,” explains Eddie Redmayne. “There’s a lot going on, so it’s hard to just have a cup of tea and catch up and sort things out,” completes Katherine Waterston . “It’s desperate because they’re sort of pining for each other, but things have gone awry. Part of this film is about them re-finding each other,” says Eddie.
But the ones who ship Newtina don’t need to worry! Thanks to the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from 2001, it’s known that their relationship is going to progress and they are going to get married. It’s just matter of time. “The audience is a step ahead of us. They can watch us fail and misunderstand each other and fail again and struggle to come together, and they can think, ‘Aw, these suckers. They don’t know it, but we know it. It’s going to work out’.”
The foursome split up
The group formed by Newt, Jacob, Tina and Queenie split up. “momentarily, the band has been disbanded,” Eddie says. It is important to remember that in the first synopsis of the movie is said that the characters will face dangers which are able to test their loyalty… “But the concern and the bond and the intimacy is still there. These people are very important to one another,” evaluates Katherine.
This movie is darker than the first one
Without further details, Eddie revealed that this movie is darker than the first one. Also, the producer David Heyman said, in an interview to EMPIRE magazine EMPIRE, that Grindelwald is scarier than Voldemort as a villain. “He’s very persuasive. One can see the rationale in his arguments — which doesn’t mean his methodology is right. […] This movie is about the dangers of absolutism and fundamentalism”.
Initially, Newt might defuse Dumbledore’s call
Newt prefers to interact with animals than with human beings. He has his own believes and is not easy to be persuaded. “People are always trying to recruit him, but he’s his own person,” says Redmayne . “Actually, the stakes get so high in this film that it’s really him questioning whether he can continue doing that or whether at some point you have to engage,” he adds.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald takes place in New York, London and Paris, with references to the [Harry Potter] stories. A few months after being captured, Grindelwald dramatically escapes from MACUSA and conquers followers to his witch supremacy cause. With help from the magizoologist Newt Scamander, the only wizard capable of stopping him is Albus Dumbledore, a Hogwarts professor. The movie premiers on November 16th 2018.