“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore:” A Breakdown of the New Character Posters
The first thing to note is that all the posters have fiery orange colors and greenish hues, either from the character’s wand or a glow around them. This could signify opposing sides – the fiery orange representing the phoenix and, by extension, Dumbledore, while the green could represent Grindelwald.
Starting off with Albus Dumbledore: his backdrop is clearly the Hogwarts castle, a nostalgic icon that ties him to the Harry Potter series.
Gellert Grindelwald’s backdrop seems to be the International Confederation of Wizards conference in Bhutan.
The backdrop is quite similar to this shot from the trailer.
The green light evokes the Killing Curse, which is interesting because Grindelwald has not used it yet. In the last two movies, his goal has been to create an image as a hero to gain supporters, and using the Killing Curse in public wouldn’t cater to that image.
Could this suggest that his true intentions are revealed to the wizarding public by the end of this movie?
Then we have Newt Scamander, our beloved Magizoologist, with Pickett the Bowtruckle.
The forest seems to be the same one from the trailer, hinting once again at a solo adventure Newt might embark on to find or rescue a beast.
Unlike Newt, Theseus Scamander seems to be indoors. It could be the inside of the International Confederation of Wizards building in Bhutan.
Oh, how we have missed Queenie Goldstein, the only Goldstein sister who happens to be in sight. It could be the inside of Nurmengard Castle, where we saw Queenie last at the end of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald after she was misguided into joining Grindelwald’s side.
Here, we see Jacob Kowalski with what could be his bakery’s storefront in the background. Judging by the English text “Specialists In Apparel” in the upper right corner, we could assume it to be New York.
Credence Barebone, or the alleged Aurelius Dumbledore, seems to have Nurmengard in the background. He also looks like a younger Severus Snape. Could this foreshadow the similarities between their character arcs: an anti-hero turned an unsung hero?
Speaking of Albus Dumbledore’s brothers, Aberforth Dumbledore seems to be in public somewhere in Bhutan. It could be that he, too, would be attending the International Confederation of Wizards.
The banner on the left is the same as in this still from the trailer.
We saw Eulalie Hicks briefly when Nicolas Flamel spoke to her through the phoenix-embossed book in the previous movie. The background looks like the same party we caught a glimpse of, the one where Jacob and Queenie reunite.
The dress she is wearing seems to be the same one on display at the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Then we have Bunty, Newt’s assistant. The backdrop seems to be a corridor inside Hogwarts.
Yusuf Kama was seen with Gellert Grindelwald, so while the background could be Hogwarts, it could also be Nurmengard.
How adorable is Teddy the Niffler? He is sitting on a book titled Atlas of Celestial Anomalies by M. P. N. Carneirus.
This is curious because the book was last seen at Nurmengard, where Grindelwald keeps a copy. Could this book lead to an explanation of Tyco Dodonus’s prophecy?
Once again, we see Pickett the Bowtruckle holding Newt’s wand on what seems to be a cash register or typewriter. Could this indicate a scuffle in Muggle settings?
Helmut is a follower of Grindelwald. The background could be Bhutan, where Grindelwald is.
The memorable Vinda Rosier seems to be in front of Nurmengard, most likely the same room where Grindelwald spoke to Credence at the end of the second movie.
As unfamiliar as Liu Tao might seem, his name briefly appeared in Nicolas Flamel’s phoenix-embossed book of allies. The background here could be Bhutan.
In the trailer, we see a banner that reads in Chinese “堅決支持劉洮選為國際魔術協會主席” which is translated to “Firmly support Liu Tao’s election as the president of the International Magic Association.” This suggests that he could be running for the position of Supreme Mugwump against Vicência Santos.
Vicência Santos has appeared quite a bit in the trailer. The backdrop looks quite similar to the one Theseus had – so it could be the inside of the International Confederation of Wizards building in Bhutan.
The banners raised in her support read “Cheffe Suprema,” which is Portuguese for Supreme Head. She could also be running for Supreme Mugwump against Liu Tao, representing Brazil at the ICW.
Anton Vogel is the current Supreme Mugwump of the ICW. The background is most likely where the ICW election is held in Bhutan.
These posters all have similar backdrops:
There are also candles behind members of Grindelwald’s army who may have been tricked into joining him:
Now that you’re prepared with all the characters, it’s time to rewatch the second trailer to see what you can figure out!