J.K. Rowling’s world of wizards is not solely dependent on the Harry Potter franchise. It has been revealed that the Fantastic Beasts franchise also has great things planned for it. Talking to EW, David Yates, director of The Crimes of Grindelwald disclosed that the five films planned for the Fantastic Beasts franchise would be based in different cities.
We are aware that the 2016 movie Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them introduced the wizarding world to New York City and the upcoming The Crimes of Grindelwald which would release in November, will primarily be based in Paris. In response to a question about whether this was a planned pattern that will continue in future movies, Yates confirmed.
“Yes,” he said. “Jo’s already told us where the next one is taking place. It’s very exciting. This is a global story, ultimately. And given that there’s a global audience for this, it’s all the more delightful to take the story to different parts of the world.”
Before Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, even though it was accepted that magic beings existed all over the world, the story primarily remained confined to Britain. However, when Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his suitcase full of magical beings arrived in New York, the whole world was opened up. Now Newt is going to Paris with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, in his bid to locate Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). It makes fans hopeful of seeing many more adventures in Europe. Although Yates didn’t name the locations of the future movies of the franchise, the story of Grindelwald makes a lot of references to the World War II, in particular to the prison that he eventually built being named Nurmengard, and its name sounds similar to the German city Nuremberg, which indicates that Germany might be the next stop. It would be fantastic to visit the Asian magical world too.
The thing is, even if the location is not revealed, we are aware of the ultimate conclusion to which all these things lead. The Fantastic Beasts franchise is setting up the infamous duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. It is possible that the movies will be a world tour and make the audiences return to the UK for that decisive battle, and doing a 360 degree round of Harry Potter saga.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be in theaters on November 16.