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The first Fantastic Beasts movie went out of its way to stand apart from the pre-existing Harry Potter films. Not that it could ever separate itself completely from that world. Both are born from the mind of J.K. Rowling, and both occupy corners of the author's vast Wizarding World. But Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them avoided direct references to anything familiar from the Harry Potter world, resting on the shoulders of new characters such as Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), the No-Maj Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) and the menacing Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
However, the strands that connect Fantastic Beasts to the on-screen Harry Potter film series will be pulled tighter this November with the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, as the story will cast a younger version of Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and will take audiences back to Hogwarts. But how? When CinemaBlend flew to London to visit the set of Crimes of Grindelwald, we learned that Hogwarts would be used in crucial flashbacks that would establish Dumbledore's relationship with Newt, and fill in vital historical gaps in the magizoologist's colored past. Longtime Potter producer David Heyman opened up about how excited he knows fans will be to return to the famous school, saying:
But Fantastic Beasts Art Director Martin Foley let it be known that we would visit parts of the school's grounds that audiences have not seen before... including one location that was, personally, his favorite to build on this new set. Foley told us:
Producer David Heyman clearly was excited to use Hogwarts in flashback scenes to flesh out the past relationships between these characters, because fans know that Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) was expelled from the legendary school... and that Dumbledore went to bat for him at the time. While we will see plenty of action of Newt and Dumbledore in the current timeline of the Fantastic Beasts story, the Hogwarts moments will be used to expand on the history of the characters. And not just these two men... but also of Newt and Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz). On that relationship, Heyman was guarded, but he did offer up the following:
So, not only is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald a return to the adventure surrounding Newt, Tina, Jacob and Queenie, it also will be the first return to Hogwarts since The Boy Who Lived defeated Lord Voldemort on screen several years ago. Does that excite you for the sequel? Then get your ticket, because The Crimes of Grindelwald opens in theaters on November 16.