It’s just under three months now until the release of the next installment in the Fantastic Beasts saga, The Crimes of Grindelwald. As the debut gets closer, reports are surfacing from set visits during the film's production. Director David Yates was on hand during these visits to discuss tones and themes of the sequel.
According to Moviefone, Yates, who also directed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (and is currently attached to three more Fantastic films), said that the sequel is going to be a mixture of genres: “The script is a very interesting synthesis between a sort of political thriller and love story. So it’s sort of a fusion of genres, if you like, which I think makes it quite unique in this series of films that we’ve been making based on [J.K. Rowling’s] work.”
With the original Harry Potter books/films being, overall, a coming of age story, it will be interesting to see this world tackle other types of stories.
Going into more detail on the political theme of the story, Yates discussed how a story set in the early 20th century can resonate with what’s going on today: “What’s slightly scary is they’re becoming more relevant now. So—and what’s wonderful is that, you know, we’re making a movie that will be seen by millions of people and millions of young people, and we’re making a story that celebrates tolerance, acceptance of the other, and sort of be cynical when people pretend they have all the answers at a simplistic level, because they probably don’t.”
While the Fantastic Beasts series still has the fantastic elements of its predecessor, it can touch on subjects a story about a boy and his friends growing up can’t really tell. With new cities, new characters, and new themes to explore, Rowling’s stories will be able to reach a whole new generation in a whole different way.
Fantastic Beats: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens in theaters Nov. 16.