Warner Bros today confirmed the title of next year's sequel to Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, offering fans a look at the blockbuster's star-studded cast in costume to boot.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is its name, and it will see Eddie Redmayne return as magizoologist Newt Scamander after the villainous Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) springs himself from wizard jail.

The sequel will also mark the return of future Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law in the 1920s-set prequel.

A short teaser introduced the film's cast, with each of the aforementioned plus returniing faces Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein and Ezra Miller as Credence.

Zoe Kravitz will play Leta Lestrange in the sequel, while Callum Turner plays Newt's brother Theseus Scamander. Elsewhere is Claudia Kim, who plays a shapeshifting character called Maledictus.

"At the end of the first film, the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by the Magical Congress of the United States of America, with the help of Newt Scamander," reads an official synopsis.

"But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

"In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world."

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is being directed by Potter alumni David Yates, from a screenplay by JK Rowling herself. The film is set for release on 16 November 2018.