It's an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan, as J.K. Rowling keeps expanding the Wizarding World in new and exciting ways. In addition to the theme parks and Broadway plays, all attention is on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise, which started back in 2016. The series returned to the theaters with The Crimes of Grindelwald, with a story that is equal parts epic and dark.
There are another three movies planned for the property, although the contents of those films is a mystery to both the general public and even the cast. Now that Crimes of Grindelwald has arrived, all eyes are looking forward to what the threequel might entail, including its title. And the cast actually knows what it'll be called. Well.. some of them do.
The Crimes of Grindelwald cast has been making the press rounds ahead of the film's release, drumming up excitement for the latest magical adventure to come from J.K. Rowling's mind. Interviews have been revealing all sorts of news, like that Jude Law actually knows the title of Fantastic Beasts 3. But he seems to be just the only one.
During a conversation with GamesRadar, Jude Law let slip that he know the next film's title. But sitting next to him were co-stars Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston. And the latter was gobsmacked that she wasn't privy to that information. To add insult to injury, Law actually told Redmayne the scoop the night before, leaving Waterson in the dark. Poor Tina.
This bit of information, while still a mystery, just shows how far the Fantastic Beasts franchise is looking ahead. It was announced fairly early that there'd be a whopping five movies to present a longer story, so it was clear that Newt Scamander and his magical creatures were here to stay. Of course, The Crimes of Grindelwald isn't exactly focused on the beasts themselves, but on the Wizarding War against Johnny Depp's Gellert Grindelwald.
Part of this is likely due to the production team, which knows the Harry Potter world as well as anyone. J.K. Rowling herself has written both movies, with franchise director David Yates helming the pair of blockbusters as well. It's unclear if they will stay on for all five films, but it seems likely-- given the massive success of the first Fantastic Beasts movie.
Just by watching Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, it becomes clear how each thread and story of the franchise are connected, with J.K. Rowling thinking methodically about the storytelling. While this probably makes the franchise less accessible to casual fans, Potterheads can presumably rest assured that the movies are moving toward a goal-- which includes the mysterious title of Fantastic Beasts 3.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is in theaters now. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.