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Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them has only just arrived in theaters this weekend and we are already talking about the sequel. Fantastic Beasts sets up some pretty major things to come for this new franchise, with the sequel potentially getting a little darker. While the first film was set in New York City, it was reported that Fantastic Beasts 2 will take place primarily in Paris. However, that might not entirely be the case anymore.
While it's true that the bulk of Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them 2 will take place in the heart of Paris, it won't be the only setting for the magical sequel. As it turns out, the film will visit a place that Harry Potter fans should be pretty familiar with by now: the U.K. Harry Potter fansite The Leaky Cauldron spoke with director David Yates and producer David Heyman (aka the Davids), and the duo revealed some new tidbits about the sequel's setting.
Yates confirmed that the sequel will be set in the City of Love, and that,
We do go back to the U.K. in the second film as well--it's U.K. and Paris.
Yates wasn't quite sure yet on where J.K. Rowling was setting the rest of the films (implying that this franchise will be a globetrotting affair) but figured that it would be "difficult to ignore America."
Fans are intimately familiar with the U.K. as it serves as the entire setting for the main Harry Potter series. It's next to impossible to figure out which of the iconic locations from the British Wizarding World that Fantastic Beasts 2 will go, but I think our minds all collectively screamed/wished "Hogwarts!"
The fact that this new series of films is focusing on so many new aspects of the Wizarding World means that fans will get to indulge in previously unseen aspects of this universe. The U.K. is where the heart is, but it's exciting to learn about what magical culture is like in other countries- and it's helped to reinvigorate and expand on the Harry Potter series. We could see any number of countries before the fifth movie in the series concludes. Seeing as how this series seems to be building up to a pretty pivotal moment in Harry Potter that happens to take place in 1945, we can probably guess that WWII will play a part in deciding certain settings. Personally, I'd love to see what wizards in Japan are like.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 is expected to release sometime in 2018. If you can't wait that long, then there is a film called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that happens to be in theaters right now.