This waiting is going to Avada Kedavra us.
The sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is still more than a year away. But the people at Warner Brothers must have sensed Harry Potter superfans getting restless, because they’ve just revealed a new hint about what fans can expect from the long-awaited installment in the franchise.
The movie’s official Twitter account posted an image Tuesday of an elaborate-looking case with the initials “NF” engraved on the lock. The caption reads, “The only known maker of the Philosopher’s Stone. What mysteries may be locked away? #MagicInProgress #FantasticBeasts #WizardingWednesdays.”
Even if you stopped watching the HP movies after The Sorcerer’s Stone (though, if you did, why?!), you’d know NF means Nicholas Flamel, the alchemist who invented the actual sorcerer’s stone. Y’know, the stone which produced the elixir of life that He Who Must Not Be Named was so eager to get his hands on when young Harry Potter was still a first year. Now the question left for Muggles to ponder for a year: What does Mr. Flamel have locked up in that case? And could whatever he has hidden pose as much of a threat as the stone did during that fateful year at Hogwarts?
The creator of the stone will be played by Brontis Jodorowsky, who has appeared in movies including The Darkness and The Dance of Reality. He’ll be joined by the stars of the first movie, including Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, as well as newcomers like Leta Lestrange (played by Zoë Kravitz) and a young Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law). The cast will also feature noted J.K. Rowling bestie Jessica Williams in a role that has yet to be announced.
The next Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie will be out on November 16, 2018. That should be enough time to parse the first Harry Potter book for more clues.