The Fantastic Beasts franchise is almost entirely ditching America for The Crimes of Grindelwald.
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It’s official: The Fantastic Beasts franchise is almost entirely ditching America for the sequel.

We asked executive producer David Heyman about conflicting reports online regarding the setting of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. We know the film has scenes in New York (which were introduced in the first film), London (which we’ve seen in Potter films), and Paris (which we’ve never yet seen in the franchise). But there’s been some confusion about how much of the film is set where.

“[The film] almost entirely takes place in Paris,” Heyman confirms.

So there you have it. Surely some Beauxbatons graduates will be around.

Previously, Heyman explained why the next film will be even better than the first.

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“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.”

Last Thursday, Warner Bros. revealed several new character details and images from the film, which the second of five planned titles written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. See our complete breakdown of all the new images and intel. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens Nov. 16, 2018.

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