Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is still a few days away from release, but talk on the recently announced sequels is already underway. Now, SnitchSeeker.com is reporting that director David Yates, who will helm all five follow-ups to the Harry Potter prequel, has stated that the first sequel will take place in 1928 Paris and will explore the relationship between young Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald.
“We shot 1926 in London. 1926 New York. We both would love to shoot 1928 in Paris, but we’ll see.”
Telebasel reports that David Yates reiterated these plans in their interview with the filmmaker.
In this latest film from the Potter cosmos, Rowling moves her wizards and fabulous creatures to New York from 1926. The next film is only two years later. “Paris in 1928 is a place where everything is possible,” Yates said. The magical world is very different from the English, the home of Harry Potter.
Yates has commented on Johnny Depp’s role as Gellert Grindelwald in an interview with Movie Maniacs.
“The character of Grindelwald appears a lot more in the second film. Johnny Depp’s a gifted actor who has a fearless approach to his work and is ambitious and wants to go to some strange wonderful places, which makes him perfect for Grindelwald.”
Yates also teased a relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald that will be explored in future films.
“Grindelwald is a dark wizard, a very gifted wizard with a very dangerous ideology, and he had a relationship with Dumbledore – a very close relationship, which we’ll explore in the later films.”
You can watch the entire interview below!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Directed by David Yates and written by J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, Jenn Murray, Faith Wood-Blagrove and Colin Farrell.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theaters in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.