‘Fantastic Beasts’ Director Reveals How To Say ‘Muggle’ In French

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' director David Yates discusses introducing the magical community of France and the French word for muggle.

“Muggle” has been the term used to describe non-magical beings ever since J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them taught us that the American term is “no-maj,” and now director David Yates has revealed what the French equivalent of the word is in the upcoming sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Yates revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the French term is “nonmagique.” In addition to that bit of information, Yates also spoke about exploring the magical side of Paris for the first time on film:

“[The wizarding world in Paris is] quite glamorous, it’s quite beautiful. There’s a community that lives alongside the muggle community, it’s much freer than in New York, where there’s segregation. Paris is a bit like England, actually, not so hung up about the differences between the two. Magical people can freely move into non-magical communities as long as they’re discrete about their talents…”

Are you excited to see France’s wizarding world in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald? Let us know in the comment section!

J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay for the film, which opens in 1927, a few months after Newt helped to unveil and capture the infamous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. However, as he promised he would, Grindelwald has made a dramatic escape and has been gathering more followers to his cause—elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one who might be able to stop him is the wizard he once called his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander. The adventure reunites Newt with Tina, Queenie and Jacob, but his mission will also test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.

The film expands the wizarding world, moving from New York to London and on to Paris. There are also some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of the books and film series.

Directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, David Sakurai, Claudia Kim, Brontis Jodorowsky, Wolf Roth, Victoria Yeates, Derek Riddell, Poppy Corby-Tuech, and Cornell S. John.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released in theaters on November 16, 2018.

Source: EW