Fan­tas­tic Beasts 2 to pay homage to Harry Pot­ter

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'Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2' will have some "sur­pris­ing nods" to 'Harry Pot­ter'. The mag­i­cal fran­chise takes place years be­fore the boy wiz­ard is born or em­barks on his ad­ven­tures at Hog­warts and even be­fore the rise of Lord Volde­mort and fol­lows Ma­g­i­zo­ol­o­gist Newt Sca­man­der (Ed­die Red­mayne), who trav­els the world pro­tect­ing en­dan­gered mag­i­cal crea­tures and doc­u­ment­ing them. The ad­ven­tures are set in the same uni­verse that J. K. Rowl­ing has cre­ated and will have nu­mer­ous di­rect links to the world the au­thor first cre­ated in her books and which was shown on screen in the movies star­ring Daniel Rad­cliffe as the be­spec­ta­cled mag­i­cal lad. An of­fi­cial state­ment re­vealed: "The film ex­pands the wiz­ard­ing world, mov­ing from New York to Lon­don and on to Paris. "There are also some sur­pris­ing nods to the 'Harry Pot­ter' sto­ries that will de­light fans of the books and film series." Shoot­ing on the project has be­gun with Red­mayne, 35, repris­ing his role as Newt and Kather­ine Water­ston, 37, as Auror Tina Gold­stein, Ali­son Su­dol, 32, as Quee­nie and Dan Fogler, 40, as Ja­cob Fowal­ski. Johnny Depp, 54, is back as Gellert Grindel­wald and Jude Law, 44, is set to play a young Al­bus Dum­ble­dore. Ezra Miller, 24, is back as Cre­dence, Zoe Kravitz, 28, will take on the role of Leta Les­trange and Callum Turner, 27, will play Newt's brother Th­e­seus Sca­man­der. David Yates, who helmed four Harry Pot­ter films and the first 'Fan­tas­tic Beasts', is set to re­turn to the direc­tor's seat for the next in­stall­ment with Rowl­ing pen­ning the script for the story which is set in 1927. The state­ment added: "J.K. Rowl­ing wrote the screen­play for the film which opens in 1927, a few months af­ter Newt helped to un­veil and cap­ture the in­fa­mous Dark wiz­ard Gellert Grindel­wald. "How­ever, as he promised he would, Grindel­wald has made a dra­matic es­cape and has been gath­er­ing more fol­low­ers to his cause - el­e­vat­ing wizards above all non-mag­i­cal be­ings. The only one who might be able to stop him is the wiz­ard he once called his dear­est friend Al­bus Dum­ble­dore. But Dum­ble­dore will need help from the wiz­ard who had thwarted Grindel­wald once be­fore, his for­mer stu­dent Newt Sca­man­der. The ad­ven­ture re­unites Newt with Tina, Quee­nie and Ja­cob but his mission will also test their loy­al­ties as they face new per­ils in an in­creas­ingly dan­ger­ous and di­vided wiz­ard­ing world." It is the first of four planned se­quels by Warner Bros and 51-year-old Rowl­ing, and it is sched­uled to open in cine­mas in Novem­ber 2018.

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