There is no doubt the 2016 David Yates directed “Potterverse” adventure fantasy “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” was always intended as a gateway into the pre-Potter history of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.
With no less than five instalments spread over two-year intervals in the “Fantastic Beasts” series planned, the history of Newt Scamander and his friends will be every bit as entertaining as the eight “Harry Potter” instalments.
Scamander, played by Academy Award winning actor Eddie Redmayne, was brilliantly released for the big screen. The same can be said for other prominent characters.
The yet untitled “Fantastic Beasts” sequel, which some people have taken to calling “Fantastic Beasts 2,” will be set in the UK and France.
France being included as a setting for the second film is not completely unreasonable. Beauxbatons’ Academy of Magic is in France. As featured in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” students from the Beauxbatons’ Academy of Magic took part in the Triwizard Tournament.
You will recall from both the book and the film, the delegation from Beauxbatons arrived in a large carriage pulled by Abraxan horses.
Then there is of course Hogwarts’ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Since Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) is in the sequel, it would not be unreasonable to presume we will be returning to Hogwarts, albeit pre-Potter. With the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) in the mix, it should not come as any real surprise to find a brief excursion to Germany included in the film.
With Dumbledore being represented by Law, there is no reason other Hogwarts professors should not be seen in the production. It would be interesting to see what Minerva McGonagall looks like in the period which the “Fantastic Beasts” stories are set.
Current rumours pertaining to when the second film will be set, based on the inclusion of the characters Jacob Kowalski, Queenie Goldstein, and Tina Goldstein, indicate it is not long after the events depicted in the first instalment.
There is a modicum of debt concerning Percival Graves (Colin Farrell).
Grindelwald impersonated Graves in “Fantastic Beasts” in a similar way to that seen with Barty Crouch Junior (David Tennant) and Professor Alastor ‘MadEye’ Moody (Brendan Gleeson) in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Moody was found alive at the end of “Goblet of Fire,” whereas, Graves’ status is unknown.
If Grindelwald has not already killed him, there is a good chance we might see the real American auror in one or more of the coming instalments.
With a timeline set between 1926 and the end of the Second World War, there’s an estimated 19 year gap for the Yates to play around with. Despite this point, it would seem more logical to set the second film in or around 1930. This would be consistent with the cast of characters seen listed.
The connections to the Potter films are there, you just have to look and listen closely.
The name Lestrange should not be unfamiliar to Potter fans. It is highly likely Leta is related in some way to Bellatrix Lestrange.
As we have already seen, Bellatrix was killed in a duel by Molly Weasley after her attempted murder of Molly’s daughter, Ginevra.