J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter is set to get a whole lot larger.
Fans of the new franchise, which was penned by Rowling herself, were taken aback when it was announced that the first film in the prequel series would be set in 1920’s New York, giving fans a first glimpse into the American Wizarding society, coining terms like “No-Maj” and providing insight into MACUSA AKA the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Additionally, it was recently revealed that the sequel, set to be released later this year, would be set in Paris, France.
This begs the question: how far is the franchise going to branch out into the surrounding world? The answer? Pretty far.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director David Yates was asked if having the first two films being set in different locations was a sign of things to com ein the upcoming franchise.
“Yes,” Yates said. “Jo’s (Rowling) already told us where the next one is taking place. It’s very exciting. This is a global story, ultimately. And given that there’s a global audience for this, it’s all the more delightful to take the story to different parts of the world.”
Of course, when pressed about which cities would be included in the rather ambitious plan, Yates wouldn’t budge. It is an interesting to see where Newt Scamander and the rest of the gang travel to in their quest. Germany? Australia? Chicago?
David Heyman, longtime Harry Potter producer, recently explained how The Crimes of Grindelwald takes place almost entirely in Paris.
“We delve deeper into [J.K. Rowling’s] wizarding world — we’re in Paris, we’re in London and New York — the world is expanding,” Heyman says. “As you can tell from the [cast photo], we’re following quite a few characters. The new film has a very different feel than the first. It’s got a thriller quality. And it’s also a story about love and passion and all its forms — paternal, romantic, political. And it’s just a thrilling and very fun adventure. We took all we’ve learned from one and just expanded that and created a richer, deeper and more thrilling film which I’m excited to be a part of.”
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