Harry Potter fans can transport themselves back to Hogwarts in a new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald video. While the first film of the series saw Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander go across the Atlantic and visit the wizarding world of the United States, audiences will now get a chance to see J.K. Rowling’s first and most famous wizarding school, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, up on the big screen yet again with the upcoming sequel.
With Grindelwald on the run and intent on following through with his plans to have pure-blood wizards rule over all the non-magical beings that he sees as lesser, Newt Scamander must work to bring an end to Grindelwald’s evil plans in the newest film of the series. Scamander might be thrown into new and wild locations and situations throughout The Crimes of Grindelwald to try and stop the powerful wizard, but fans can rest assured that he will have his trusted companions like Jacob Kowalski by his side throughout his adventures. Perhaps even more importantly, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will feature a return to Hogwarts to introduce a young Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law, who urges Scamander to help bring an end to Grindelwald’s movement.
“I loved going back to Hogwarts, [of] course I did,” J.K. Rowling gushes at the beginning of Warner Bros.’ newest featurette that takes fans behind-the-scenes on how the Fantastic Beasts sequel will capture the magic of Hogwarts. Christian Manz, a VFX supervisor on The Crimes of Grindelwald, explains in the video how the film shot scenes in the same location that three of the Harry Potter films shot Hogwarts, enabling the Fantastic Beasts sequel to tap into the history of the place. Footage shows young witches and wizards of Hogwarts running down the cozy and familiar halls and grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, instantly transporting those who watch back to the nostalgia of some of the first Harry Potter films.
The new featurette even takes a peek into how they filmed certain scenes, such as Law’s Dumbledore teaching young Newt Scamander. Newcomer to the franchise Law described how he felt playing Dumbledore, one of Rowling’s most beloved characters, in such an iconic space. He said, “But it was [a] slightly odd, out-of-body experience, because I’ve watched with everyone else those classes. And suddenly to be in it – you’re in there doing it, but you look back as yourself and realize how special it was.”
But fans who are anticipating lengthy Hogwarts scenes might be out of luck. The famous British wizarding school will only be one of many locations that The Crimes of Grindelwald will feature throughout its storyline as filmmakers work to “delve deeper” into the international wizarding culture and visit Paris, London, and New York to “[create] a richer, deeper and more thrilling film,” according to producer David Heyman. Whereas the Harry Potter films were rather limited to the campus of Hogwarts, the new Fantastic Beasts films seem very intent on expanding the scope of Rowling’s magical universe and revealing what the entire world’s witch and wizard communities are like.
Notably, the titular villain Grindelwald is still absent from the film’s marketing material as Warner Bros. seems to be opting to turn fan attention elsewhere for the time being. This could be to put a damper on the heated controversy that still swirls around the movie due to Johnny Depp’s casting as Grindelwald, and it could also serve as a tactic to keep viewers in the dark about important details of the Fantastic Beasts sequel. However, even with some of its controversy, this new featurette showcasing Britain’s famous wizarding school makes it clear that a return to Hogwarts on the big screen won’t be anything less than magical for those fans anxiously awaiting Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.