Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Young Newt Scamander Photo

Hey, did you forget that there’s another installment of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming this fall? The second chapter of what is intended to be a five-part film franchise is called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and it will introduce us to the youngest version of Albus Dumbledore we’ve seen yet (played by Jude Law). But it turns out we’ll actually see an even younger version of the Hogwarts professor in the film than we previously thought, and we’ll see a young Newt Scamander along with him.

A new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald image has surfaced online, and it’s a flashback photo revealing Newt Scamander as a Hogwarts student. Rather than using visual effects to make Eddie Redmayne look younger, director David Yates cast a young actor named Joshua Shea, and he’s the spitting image of the Oscar-winning star. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer Breakdown - Eddie Redmayne as New Scamander

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When I was a kid, the image of Hogwarts conjured magical surreality; a cognitive awareness that this place wasn’t real in the technical sense, but alive somewhere in the crook of a collective imagination. The words of Dumbledore spring to mind: “Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

That’s how I’ve always seen stories. Real, because the words make them so. And, in the case of Hogwarts, real because the movies made them so, too. In the Harry Potter films, the castle took on an eerie actuality: towers like sharp teeth or open arms, depending on the slant of life. All great fantasy castles have that familial dichotomy. That’s how Hogwarts has always felt: like family, like home.

So, why did its appearance in the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer leave me completely cold? Actually, worse than cold – almost angry?

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Fantastic Beasts VFX Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how the wizarding world of the United States was created in a visual effects breakdown of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Plus, watch The Hollywood Reporter’s full roundtable discussuon with producers of the most buzzed about movies of this awards season, and see how the script for Pixar’s Inside Out compares to the final cut of the movie. Read More »

fantastic beasts movies settings

The wizarding world of Harry Potter is about to get a whole lot bigger. While the original children’s fantasy franchise remained firmly in the close-knit magical community in Britain, its spin-off series, Fantastic Beastshas made a concerted effort to move beyond the comfy confines of Hogwarts.

First, the series went West, with the franchise setting foot on American soil for the first time in the New York City-set Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Its sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, will go a tad more international, primarily taking place in Paris. But this isn’t the only globe-trotting that our intrepid magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) will be doing — the next three Fantastic Beasts movies will all take place in a different city.

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fantastic beasts 2 cast

Joining the hunt for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams, as well as a bevy of other new and familiar characters from Harry Potter lore. One of those familiar characters: the renowned Nicolas Flamel, whose Philosopher/Sorcerer’s Stone formed the basis for the first Harry Potter book and movie. Now we’ll get to see him as a young and strapping wizard, and hopefully better for the wear than Johnny Depp‘s evil Grindelwald, whose terrorizing presence will be even bigger in the Fantastic Beasts sequel.

Pottermore has dropped a bunch of new information about the Fantastic Beasts 2 cast and characters, as well as a rudimentary synopsis of the film.

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Fantastic Beasts Sequel Plot

While tomorrow will be a magical day in the United States as many Americans take the day off to celebrate Independence Day with cookouts, fireworks and other assorted tomfoolery, today is a magical day across the pond for an entirely different reason.

The currently untitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel started production at Leavesden Studios today, which is where all of the Harry Potter movies have been filmed since the beginning of the franchise. Warner Bros. Pictures sent out an official press release about the start of production, and with it comes some new details on the story, as well as notes on a handful of new characters coming into the fray. Find out everything you need to know about the Fantastic Beasts sequel plot and more below. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Sequel Casting Call

Have you always wanted to be in a Harry Potter movie? Now might be your chance.

Warner Bros. Pictures has put out an open casting call for teenage versions of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them characters Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz), as well as wizarding friends turned enemies, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).

Find out how you can apply for the Fantastic Beasts sequel casting call and what this means for the movie below. Read More »

Split Trailer - James McAvoy

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Milla Jovovich comments on the Resident Evil reboot.
  • J.K. Rowling provides an update on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
  • A new logo for Jurassic World 2?
  • Stranger Things actor joins Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
  • And more!

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fantastic beasts sequel

Reactions to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them felt a little muted last year, but that didn’t stop the first Harry Potter spin-off from making $814 million worldwide. The ambitious plans to make four sequels and further bridge the gap between the first movie the rest of the Potter series has continued apace, with J.K. Rowling penning the sequel for returning director David Yates, who has already cast Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore in the sequel.

Now, another English actor has joined the cast, furthering the franchise’s mission to one day employ every single actor in the United Kingdom: Green Room star Callum Turner.

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young dumbledore

When we first meet Albus Dumbledore, the eccentric headmaster at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter series, he is a wizened old man with a complex past and a powerful reputation. We’ve known that the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which takes place decades before Harry and his friends went to Hogwarts, would introduce a young Dumbledore. And now, we know who will play him: Academy Award nominee Jude Law.

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