J.K. Rowling may have just revealed where each 'Fantastic Beasts' movie will be set
The last Harry Potter movie came out seven years ago, but the franchise is still going strong. There's the blockbuster play, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, which played to sold-out crowds in London and is opening in New York City this spring. There's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, where you can ride The Hogwarts Express, drink a butterbeer and get a wand from Ollivander. And then there's the spin-off film series Fantastic Beasts, which is so successful we can look forward to many more Potter-verse movies in the future. (Coming soon: The Adventures of Young Arthur Weasley, starring Ed Sheeran.)
The Fantastic Beasts series follows the exploits of eccentric "magizoologist" Newt Scamander, who agrees to help young sexy Dumbledore take down the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald (who's played by the even more evil Johnny Depp). The story will span five films, and cover 19 years, culminating with the infamous duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald in 1945. (Get hype.)
Director David Yates, who has agreed to every Harry Potter movie forever, has confirmed that the five Fantastic Beasts films will each take place in a different city. The first movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, was set in New York City. Meanwhile, the second movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will take place in Paris. Fans wondered which cities the other three movies will feature - Detroit? Reykjavík? Pyongyang? But it turns out J.K. Rowling already told us the answer, through a clever Tweet from October 2016.
A fan asked J.K. Rowling to clarify how many Fantastic Beast movies there would be in total. Rowling replied, "5. Five. Cinq. Fünf. Cinco. Cinque." Notice that each word is in a different language - English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Given that the first two movies take place in America and Paris, it seems pretty clear the third movie will be set in Germany. That makes sense. Potterheads already that Grindelwald will build the wizarding prison of Nurmengard in Germany, where they hold the world's most depressing Oktoberfest. (Also, ironically, he ends up becoming imprisoned there himself, as you probably remember from his cameo in Deathly Hallows)
"Cinco," is Spanish, so it's possible the fourth movie takes place in Spain. However, Spanish is the official language of many countries - Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, etc - so who knows? We'll have to wait and see. The fifth word, cinque, is Italian, so - holy crap. If the fifth movie takes place in Italy, does that mean the duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald could take place in The Colosseum in Rome? That would be pretty cool. Anyway, there's no need to plan a vacation to any of these countries. Just stay home and wait for the Fantastic Beast movies!
Of course, Rowling could just have said "five" in five different languages for no reason. But her books contain such intricate plotting and brilliant foreshadowing that I think it's a genuine hint. She's sneaky like that.
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