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Now that Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has landed in the muggle world with a $75 million domestic debut, it’s time to look ahead to the sequel, which is slated to hit theaters in 2018. Rowling is already hard at work on the script (David Yates will return to direct), and there were plenty of breadcrumbs dropped in the first film that hint at where the sequel may lead.
[Warning: Spoilers from the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ahead.]
Here are 5 things to expect from the sequel:
1. Newt’s next adventures will be set in a new city.
Newt (Eddie Redmayne) will move his adventures across the Atlantic, with the story set in Paris and Watford, England. Director David Yates tells THR that the sequel “feels so different from this [first film]. Much more haunting, like a dream.” Yates adds that Rowling, who is writing the sequel (and plans to write all four of the sequels) is doing something “really interesting” with the next script. “She’s not repeating herself,” he adds.
2. Gellert Grindelwald will be a major character.
At the end of Fantastic Beasts, it is revealed that Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) was actually Gellert Grindelwald in disguise. The infamous wizard (played by Johnny Depp) will be a major character moving forward, and his ties to Albus Dumbledore will be a major part of the story. Dumbledore and Grindelwald were friends when they were teens, but grew apart after Dumbledore suffered a devastating family loss. Grindelwald then grew into one of the most powerful dark wizards in history. Rowling said at a recent press conference that “there’s lots to unpack in that relationship.”
3. Dumbledore will be part of the story.
Rowling has confirmed that a young Dumbledore will appear in the sequel movies. “You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man,” Rowling said at a press conference. “We’ll see him at that formative period of his life.” Rowling previously revealed that Dumbledore is gay while she was on a press tour for her book: “Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.” An actor has not yet been cast to play the young Dumbledore.
4. Newt’s past relationship will return.
In Fantastic Beasts, the audience saw a photo of Leta Lestrange, played by Zoe Kravitz. As THR previously reported, Kravitz will play a bigger role in the sequel. Lestrange and Scamander were friends (and it sounds like more) in school at Hogwarts, but drifted apart after Scamander was expelled. The first film hints at a complicated relationship, and the audience will likely find out more about her (and how she’s related to the infamous Lestrange family featured in the Harry Potter films) in the sequel.
5. Newt’s friends will make their way to Europe.
Fantastic Beasts introduced audiences to Newt’s new American friends: Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol) and muggle Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler). Though they’re all apart by the end of the first film, producer David Heyman has said that all three of them will return for the sequel.
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