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The Wizarding Realm of Harry Potter is coming back with a hit. 2016 found the debut of the spin-off sequel Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and – more essentially – kicked off the original movie with a brand new series of five-part prequel.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them brought us back to the year of 1926 – a world preparing itself to fight against the unceasing forces of the dark evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald. The following four movies will last 19 years, building up to some huge events in the background story of Harry Potter.
Fantastic Beasts 2 plot: Dumbledore vs Grindelwald
The Fantastic Beasts 2 script is finished, shooting has started and will be set in the UK and Paris. With the start of filming announcement introduced the first official outline from Warner, teasing some eye-catching bits.
In a statement, Warner Bros informed: “JK Rowling wrote the script for the movie, which takes place in 1927, a few months after Newt revealed and captured the heinous Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald.
“But, as he promised, Grindelwald has made a not-very-surprising escape and has been gathering more henchmen to his cause — advancing the world of wizards above all ordinary beings. The only one who might be capable of stopping him is the wizard he used to regard as his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore.
“But Dumbledore will need a hand from the wizard who had spoiled Grindelwald’s scheme once in the past which his former student Newt Scamander.
“The adventure reconnects Newt with Tina, Queenie and Jacob, but his quest will also put their loyalties to a test as they deal with new perils in an increasingly perilous and divided wizarding world.”
So we’ll be getting details from the relationship between Dumbledore and his former student, Newt. Also, prepare yourself for some flashbacks, as younger selves of Newt, Dumbledore and Leta Lestrange have been cast. This could involve the tale of how Newt got expelled from Hogwarts – we know from the first Fantastic Beasts movie that Leta was Newt’s extremely close friend and the film handbook hints that his expulsion happened as a result of taking the fall for something Leta committed.
Fantastic Beasts 2, 3, 4 and 5 release dates: 2024 countdown
Fantastic Beasts 2 (or the ‘Untitled Fantastic Beasts Sequel’, if you like) is set to be released in the UK and US on November 16, 2018. Fantastic Beasts 3 is aimed for November 20, 2020 for now.
The fourth and fifth movies are yet to confirm release dates, but November 2022 and November 2024 would follow the chain.
As for the ‘untitled’ stuff, we don’t know exactly what the movies will be named, but their main man Eddie Redmayne claimed that he was told that they would continue a ‘Fantastic Beasts and the…’ formula just like the original Harry Potter movies.
Fantastic Beasts 2, 3, 4 and 5 cast: Scamander and the crew
Redmayne has confirmed to be reprising as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts 2, alongside his co-stars from the previous movie Katherine Waterston (as American witch and future Mrs Scamander Porpentina ‘Tina’ Goldstein), Alison Sudol (as Queenie Goldstein, Tina’s Legilimens sister), Dan Fogler (as Muggle Jacob Kowalski) and Johnny Depp (as Gellert Grindelwald).
Producer David Heyman has claimed that – despite all semblances to the contrary at the top-knot of the first movie – Ezra Miller will also return as the Obscurial Credence Barebone. A deleted shot apparently gave an explanation of how that is at all possible.
Zoë Kravitz will have a much more crucial role as Newt’s former love interest Leta Lestrange, having only featured in a photograph so far.
One newcomer is confirmed to be Glue star Callum Turner, who will take on the role of Newt’s older brother Theseus Scamander, an Auror and honored war hero. Iron Fist’s David Sakurai joins the ride as Grindelwald’s follower, Krall.
We also see a new, younger Albus Dumbledore in the form of Jude Law, which appears to have audience almost as upset as they were regarding Depp’s casting.
As for the later movies, we have not yet known who they will focus on. Dumbledore, Grindelwald and Credence(?!) are perhaps stealing the spotlight, while Newt and others’ roles will apparently be deducted as the series continues.
Behind the camera, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them director David Yates (who was also in charge of the last four Harry Potter installments) has been chosen to direct all four of the upcoming movies.
Fantastic Beasts sequels: another era, another war
As stated, JK Rowling has confirmed that the movies will cover 19 years of Wizarding World history. That will take the final one up to 1945, the year that Dumbledore conquered Grindelwald and took away the Elder Wand from him.
That was also happened to be the year that Tom Riddle (the future Voldemort) graduated from Hogwarts.
Given all that, it appears unlikely that the fifth installment won’t show the climactic fight between Dumbledore and his former friend. Credence could also end up serving a crucial role in their struggle, particularly if the theory that Dumbledore’s sister Ariana was another Obscurial reveals to be true.
That 19-year period also engages the birth of Voldemort and the actions encircling the creation of his initial Horcruxes. Theseus was known to be matching with Percival Graves, the director of magical security for the US magical government MACUSA, which pull Newt’s brother closer to Grindelwald, who had assumed Graves’s identity. That being said, his prospect might be slightly different to Newt’s. Could that put them against one another in Grindelwald’s coming war?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie’s set will travel back across the pond to Europe, with Paris rumored to be the center for the film. The French capital doesn’t have much importance in the Harry Potter realm, other than being the location of some clothes shops, as well as a Dursley holiday. The 1926 European search for Grindelwald will be set in Paris, alongside other cities.