Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was our first step towards discovering what happened prior to the events of Harry Potter.
The J.K. Rowling-scripted fantasy prequel whisked us back to 1930s New York, introducing us to the adventures of magiozoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Possessed of a magical briefcase populated with wizarding fauna from all over the world, the shy and endearing Newt immediately became our new favourite hero.
The end of that movie famously culminated in the capture of dark wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). He had disguised himself as Percival Graves (Colin Farrell), security chief of MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America).
Judging by the title of this year's sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, you'd be right in thinking the peace doesn't last long. After Grindelwald escapes custody, rallying his pure-blood supporters to take up arms against muggles, young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law making his franchise debut) joins forces with former Hogwarts student Newt in a quest to stop him.
The scope of Fantastic Beasts 2 widens beyond the Big Apple. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director David Yates reveals that Newt's adventures take him to Paris, where the French term for muggle is "non-magique". (In the USA, it's 'no-maj'.) And it seems the French are less precious about the intermingling between magic and non-magic.
"[The wizarding world in Paris is] quite glamorous, it’s quite beautiful," Yates explains. "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…"
The movie will also take place on more familiar shores ("We do go back to the U.K. in the second film as well – it's U.K. and Paris"), and some new images tease what to expect. Scroll down and take a look..
Co-starring Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Carmen Ejogo and Callum Turner, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is released on 16th November 2018.