We’ve known for quite a while that Warner Bros has had high hopes for its Harry Potter-spinoff Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The film, which takes place before Harry’s adventures at Hogwarts, is intended to launch a franchise that will hopefully generate the kind of Potter Mania that those other films helped create. Recently, we learned exactly how ambitious their plans were when author J.K. Rowling revealed that there would be five films in the series.
Part of the recent developments surrounding the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them franchise was the revelation that each film would explore a new city. The first Fantastic Beasts adventure brings us smack dab into New York City, but where will we be going next? It would appear that Empire Magazine has the answer to that question.
As part of a preview for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Empire dropped this juicy little tidbit:
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 2 will take place in Paris, France.
So it looks like Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) may be rubbing shoulders with the kind of glamorous magical folks who would attend Beauxbatons Academy of Magic- an institution we were introduced to in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.
I like the idea of exploring a new city in each film, and seeing how each specific culture handles the magical double life that exists there.
That wasn’t the only insight to gleaned from the Empire piece. According to the director David Yates, when production designer Stuart Craig got a look at Rowling’s script for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 2, he was taken aback by its ambition.
Here’s what Yates said about Craig’s reaction to the Fantastic Beasts 2 script:
“It’s quite ambitious. Stuart is unflappable and indefatigable, but when he saw the script for Beasts 2, he said, ‘Let me just think about it for a minute.'”
Craig has worked on every single Harry Potter film at this point, so it says something if even he needed a moment to process what Rowling wanted to do next.
SOURCE: Cinema Blend