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The Crimes of Grindelwald: Fantastic Beasts featurette takes us back to school... magic school, that is

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Aug 31, 2018

For once in your life, you won't be bummed about going back to class. 

A new featurette for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald returns us to the hallowed halls of learning at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The ancient institution of magical education (the main setting of the Harry Potter franchise) will give us a look into Newt Scamander's time at school before getting expelled. In addition, Hogwarts allows us a glimpse at Dumbledore's time as a teacher before he became headmaster. 

"I felt quite sentimental going back to Hogwarts," says Potterverse creator J.K. Rowling (who wrote the Crimes of Grindelwald's screenplay) in the featurette, which you can watch below. "It looks very familiar to anyone who saw the Potter movies, but obviously, the teaching staff are different." 

While we will be getting Jude Law's young Dumbledore, it would also be cool to get some cameos from Professors Horace Slughorn, Armando Dippet, and Galatea Merrythought.

For the Fantastic Beasts sequel, production used the Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire as a filming location for Hogwarts. In fact, the Abbey had actually been used for the same purpose in three other Potter movies, including Chamber of Secrets and Half-Blood Prince.

"Those names, the stories, the histories that sort of sit in the back of our minds from the Potter series begin to weave their way into [Fantastic] Beasts," says Eddie Redmayne, who plays Scamander, a magical zoologist.

Directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald corrals the magic into theaters Nov. 16. The cast also includes Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald), Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone), Zoe Kravitz (Leta Lestrange), Callum Turner (Thesus Scamander), and Carmen Ejogo (Seraphina Picquery). 

"It's like the ultimate childhood fantasy to play witches and wizards," Kravitz muses in the featurette. 


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