In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we were introduced to a new place and time in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World through the eyes of a character we had only heard about in the Harry Potter films, Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander. The mumbly Magizoologist introduced us to what the magical world looks like here in the States, and in this autumn's sequel, he will be heading back across the pond to Europe where we will get to see Paris. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will allow for Eddie Redmayne to get to do something cool that he didn't in the first film, and it's something a lot of us would want to do: go to Hogwarts. The actor explained his desire to visit that most hallowed of magical institutions, saying:
As someone who has grown up watching all of J.K. Rowling's films, I had always dreamt of going to Hogwarts and I felt a little short-changed that I didn't get to go to Hogwarts [in the first Fantastic Beasts film], so in this film I get to go to Hogwarts.
I don't know how anyone could blame Eddie Redmayne. Many of us want to visit Hogwarts and see Newt Scamander go to back to the place he was expelled from. That's how you know Eddie Redmayne is a true fan; he got to be a part of J.K. Rowling's universe, a dream come true, but he was still a little bummed that he couldn't go to Hogwarts. As he told an audience at CinemaCon, as reported by Entertainment Weekly, he grew up with the Harry Potter films, and I suspect he wouldn't be the only fan who grew up with the books and films that would feel that way. Hogwarts is as much a part of Harry Potter as the characters themselves, and its absence feels like homesickness for fans. Fortunately for Eddie Redmayne, Newt Scamander finally goes to Hogwarts in The Crimes of Grindelwald.
The opening up of the Wizarding World that took place in the first Fantastic Beasts film was incredible and continues to show that J.K. Rowling's imagination and creativity make all of us look severely lacking by comparison. Yet that film was largely divorced from the Harry Potter story we know, with only small links to that mythology. I suspect many Potterheads are excited to get back to Hogwarts and have some sense of the familiar in The Crimes of Grindelwald. The first trailer for The Crimes of Grindelwald even opens up on a shot of the iconic castle, taking fans back to the warm embrace of that place they spent so much time in.
This upcoming sequel film will not only return us to Hogwarts, but it will have much more connective tissue to the story and mythology we fell in love with in the Harry Potter series. In addition to Hogwarts, we are getting to really see the Gellert Grindelwald we heard about who was the progenitor of the path Voldemort would one day take. This film will also other names that make fans ears perk up like Leta Lestrange and Nicolas Flamel, and of course, a young Albus Dumbledore played by Jude Law.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald apparates into theaters on November 16. For all the latest in fantasy worlds we'd rather live in, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.