The Fantastic Beasts 3 trailer gives us our first look at Mads Mikkelsen’s Grindelwald

Mads Mikkelsen in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

The official trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has finally arrived – bringing with it the first proper look at Mads Mikkelsen’s Grindelwald.

Fans were given a sneak preview of the trailer in a promotional video released by Warner Bros. on Friday, December 10, but this full-length offering reveals more of what audiences can expect when the movie releases in theaters in April 2022. 

The third instalment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise – and the eleventh film to be set in the Wizarding World – The Secrets of Dumbledore will see Eddie Redmayne reprise his role as Newt Scamander, as he digs deeper into the potentially chequered past of Jude Law’s titular wizard.

You can check out the trailer below:

In the new footage, Dumbledore can be heard giving Scamander an ominous warning: “The world as we know it is coming undone," he says, "Grindelwald's pulling it apart with hate. If we're to defeat him, you'll have to trust me."

Judging by the title, it's a safe bet to assume that Law’s character – played by both Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter series – could hold the key to defeating Mikkelsen's silver-haired antagonist. 

Speaking of which, we get to see the Danish actor's version of Grindelwald in full cry for the first time in this trailer, too. Mikkelsen was chosen to replace Johnny Depp in the role following unrelated legal action against the latter last year, and he looks every bit as menacing as you’d expect.

It’s no surprise, though, given the actor’s history playing the foil to heroes such as Doctor Strange (as Kaecilius) and James Bond (as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, with whom Grindelwald shares a similarly sinister discolored pupil). 

Don’t expect a carbon copy of Depp’s Grindelwald, either. Mikkelsen told Entertainment Weekly in 2020: “There has to be a bridge between what Johnny did and what I’m going to do. And at the same time, I also have to make it my own. But also we have to find a few links [to the previous version of the character] and some bridges so it doesn’t completely detach from what he’s already masterfully achieved.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will also reunite long-time Harry Potter director David Yates with producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram and Tim Lewis – all of whom collaborated on the previous two films in the Fantastic Beasts series.

Whether the third entry in the franchise can ignite the same interest as its predecessors remains to be seen, but with Harry Potter's Return To Hogwarts special arriving on HBO Max this New Year’s Day, you can be sure that fans of the Wizarding World have an exciting few months ahead. 

Axel Metz
Phones Editor

Axel is TechRadar's UK-based Phones Editor, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest AI breakthroughs as part of the site's Mobile Computing vertical. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion.  Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.