The Wizarding World is already a massive place, but it continues to grow thanks to the various works of author J.K. Rowling. Things got a bit more complicated with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which is the second in a five film franchise.
Potterheads were excited and baffled when Fantastic Beasts first arrived, along with the announcement for four more movies. And now producer David Heyman has explained how it all came about. It was apparently due to necessity with the story crafted by J.K. Rowling. As he tells it,
It looks like the Fantastic Beasts franchise was originally meant to be trilogy. But after going through the various story beats and their connection the Harry Potter movies proper, J.K Rowling needed two more releases to fully cover the time period leading up to the First Wizarding War.
J.K. Rowling’s decision to extend the story makes a great deal of sense, especially given how dense Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was. In addition to following the new set of heroes and introducing Johnny Depp’s villainous Grindelwald, the story also contained plenty of connections to the greater Harry Potter franchise, including some of Hogwart’s best. Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Nagini were all included, and the final twist included a massive change to the canon.
In David Heyman’s same conversation with Collider, he explained how methodically J.K. Rowling approached the Fantastic Beasts franchise, and the various plot twists that are still to come in the next three movies. He said,
This is sure to excite Harry Potter fans, who can’t get enough of J.K. Rowling’s magical universe. A lot changed throughout the course of The Crimes of Grindelwald, so one thing is clear: we ain’t seen nothing yet.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your trip to the movies in the New Year.