The cast and crew of the Fantastic Beasts saga — J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off films — had better have plenty of Floo Powder handy, because their travels have barely even begun. It was revealed today that each outing in the five-film series will take place in a different city.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director David Yates confirms this plan, and also reveals where the second film will take place. Whereas the first film was set in New York City, the second film, titled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald, will mostly unspool in Paris. Though we've previously met some French wizards in the Potter-verse (Madame Maxime, Fleau Delacour, and the students from Beauxbatons Academy in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), this will be our first experience with how the wizarding world functions in France.
Yates also confirmed that the remaining three films will also apparate to different cities, saying that Rowling has "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.”
Producer David Heyman had previously said that the action won't be limited to one city. According to him, “We delve deeper into [J.K. Rowling’s] wizarding world — we’re in Paris, we’re in London and New York — the world is expanding.“ Returning to the magical New York City of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the first spin-off film) would seems likely, as Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander will be reuniting with Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol), and Jacob (Dan Fogler), and all three of those characters are based in New York. London makes sense as well, as a young version of Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law) will also feature heavily in this story. As exciting as exploring new parts of the wizarding world is, a return to the magic-soaked London of the classic Potter books (and films) would be more comforting than a fresh mug of butterbeer.
It is unclear where the following films will take place, but we're almost certainly going to Germany at some point. The series is building up to World War II, and the villainous Grindelwald has most of his power based there — he eventually constructs his own prison stronghold called Nurmengard in that country. The parallels are pretty clear.
The closer the series gets to 1945, the closer we get to seeing what is described in the books as "the greatest wizarding duel of all time." Dumbledore taking on his childhood friend Grindelwald will be something spectacular — we just don't know where the famous duel will take place. Grindelwald himself will be played by Johnny Depp, whose casting has faced renewed scrutiny over past allegations of physical and emotional abuse against his then-wife, Amber Heard. Rowling, Yates, and Warner Bros. have come to Depp's defense, and Daniel Radcliffe recently weighed in on Depp's casting.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens on Nov. 16, 2018.