Today is the day young British witches and wizards are boarding the Hogwarts Express to attend another year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In honor of the annual, auspicious occasion, let’s dive into this just release featurette behind-the-scenes of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which gives us a glimpse into the Harry Potter film universe’s return to Hogwarts in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel.
“I loved going back to Hogwarts,” J.K. Rowling, who penned the screenplay, says in the featurette. “Of course I did.” It’s a great way to launch a sneak peek into a visual return to this world that went unseen in the first Fantastic Beasts film.
Though it appears Hogwarts will only feature in a 10-minute snippet in the middle of the film, Fantastic Beasts 2 has cut no corners in bringing the world back to life. As you see in the vid, the production returned to some of the Hogwarts locations used in the Harry Potter films. As Rowling puts it, Hogwarts looks very much the same, it’s just the teaching staff that is different.
That teaching staff includes Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, who gushes about the experience of getting to step inside the world he had previously only experienced before on screen.
“It was a slightly out-of-body experience,” said Law, “because I’ve watched with everyone else those classes and, suddenly, to be in it, you’re in there doing it, but then you look back as yourself and realize how special it was.”
“It’s like the ultimate childhood fantasy to play witches and wizards,” echoes Zoe Kravitz, who plays Leta Lestrange in the film.
The video gives us a look at what we can expect from the Hogwarts-set scenes in the film, including a flashback of Professor Dumbledore teaching Newt Scamander the “Riddikulus” charm. It’s reminiscent of the Lupin/Harry scene from the third book/movie, which is no doubt intentional and tells us a little something more about the relationship between Dumbledore and Newt, which will play an integral role i the film.
As we know from the film’s official synopsis, Dumbledore will enlist the help of former student Newt in his efforts to stop Grindelwald fascist rise to power. Grindelwald escapes MACUSA custody in Fantastic Beasts 2, continuing his efforts to gather followers who believe in his pure-blood wizards over non-magical beings ideology. Hogwarts may be the safest place in the wizarding world, but, with Grindelwald rising to power, even the magical school is in danger.
Check out the nostalgia-inducing featurette here…
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald is slated for a November 16, 2018 release. Read more about the film here.