Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them showed us what magic was like in 1920s New York City, and this fall's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will take us to Paris for the first time. That is exciting, but with three more movies to go in the series, the Fantastic Beasts films will continue expanding the map, eventually going outside of Europe and North America, as J.K. Rowling explained:
It's far too early to spoil anything. What I can say is that we'll go to at least one new city in the next film, possibly two, and I'm keen to move outside Europe and North America. But you'll just have to wait and see.
Part of the promise of the Fantastic Beasts films has been to see different settings within the Wizarding World, both in terms of time and place, so knowing that this world will continue to expand as the series moves forward is exciting. It will also help each film feel fresh with its own unique flavor. Sure, Harry Potter was confined to Great Britain, but Fantastic Beasts is giving us something different and new.
As J.K. Rowling told Entertainment Weekly, the next film, Fantastic Beasts 3, will go to at least one new city and possibly two and it sounds like those cities will be on heretofore-unexplored continents. We know that the author has the arc of this whole series mapped out, so she presumably has a pretty good idea of which cities she'd like her characters to visit.
Naturally this sets the wheels a turning to try and guess where the series might go next. North America was explored in the first film, the Harry Potter films gave us a good idea of what Britain is like and The Crimes of Grindelwald will show us mainland Europe. So, if we rule out Antarctica, that leaves 4 continents (South America, Africa, Asia and Australia) and countless cities full of magic yet to discover.
If we think about the major cities of the world, as have been explored in the first two Fantastic Beasts films, perhaps we'll see somewhere like Beijing, Tokyo, Delhi, Egypt or Rio de Janeiro. Maybe there will be some clues at the end of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald about where this magical journey will take us next.
The idea of a Harry Potter spinoff featuring another wizarding school has always been exciting in part because it would introduce us to magic in a different culture. What we know about the wizarding schools in other countries indicates that like the real world, the magical cultures are very different.
Also like the real world, North America and Europe share many similarities. So venturing outside of North America and Europe in the next Fantastic Beasts film should give us something even more different than what we've seen before and let us experience the wonder of visiting the Wizarding World for the first time once again.
The next stop on this magical journey is Paris in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which take a portkey to theaters on November 16. For all the biggest movies still to come this year, check out our release schedule.