Fantastic Beasts trailer: The Crimes of Grindelwald gives fans first glimpse of Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore

Natasha Sporn

The long-awaited trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has finally dropped, along with a confirmed release date.

The trailer, which is just shy of two minutes, gives fans a first look at the second instalment of the popular J.K Rowling franchise.

The first film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, hit cinemas in 2016 and was an instant success, set decades before the Harry Potter era.

Eddie Redmayne is returning as lead role Newt Scamander and, some months ago, it was confirmed that Johnny Depp has been cast as Gellert Grindelwald.

Release confirmed: The next in the film series will hit screens on November 16 2018 (Warner Bros)

The trailer also introduces new characters including Newt’s brother Theseus Scamander, played by Callum Turner and shows Jude Law’s younger Albus Dumbledore.

Dumbledore and Newt must team up to stop Grindleward but, of course, dangers lay ahead as lines are drawn in a divided wizarding world.

Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler and Zoe Kravitz also star in the film which is the second in the collection.

Last month, Rowling hit back at online trolls on her Twitter account after it was revealed that the second film won’t “explicitly” mention the fact that Dumbledore is gay.

Fans were hoping that The Crimes of Grindelwald would reference the famed wizard’s homosexuality after Rowling herself explained how the Hogwarts headmaster had fallen in love with the dark wizard during his youth.

But Rowling’s tweet hinted that his relationships could be explored in later films instead.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released in cinemas on Friday November 16.