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Post J.K. Rowling discusses Paris, characters, creatures, more in 'Fantastic Beasts' 2

J.K. Rowling went into great detail about the second installment in her Fantastic Beasts saga, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, including why she chose Paris as the main backdrop.

The Harry Potter author and Fantastic Beasts scribe and producer also chatted about several of her characters, including the titular Gellert Grindelwald and his history in the Wizarding world, her personal favorite Albus Dumbledore and what actor Jude Law brought to the role, as well as Ezra Miller's return as Credence Barebone and Claudia Kim as Nagini.

That, and much more, released by Warner Bros., can be read below.



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J.K. Rowling: "Within the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise, I am telling a story that is only hinted at in the Harry Potter books—the rise of Grindelwald, who profoundly threatened both the wizarding and non-wizarding worlds, and his antagonist, Dumbledore, who, of course, is a key figure in the Potter stories. Grindelwald is first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, so he was there from the beginning though he was more of a mysterious background character.

"You know he must have been important to figure so prominently in Dumbledore’s own history, but it is only when you reach the end of the Potter series that you find out just how important he was…and you might also intuit that there must be much more to tell. I think this was the story I was most interested in revisiting because it’s so crucial to understanding Dumbledore, who is my favorite character."



On the Obscurus, which Credence can transform into:

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Rowling: “You could justifiably have believed Credence had been killed, but, in fact, you can’t kill an Obscurial when they’re in Obscurus form. He survived, but the big question for him now is, ‘Who am I?’ His quest for his true identity is what propels him and becomes one of the major story strands in this movie. Who is Credence?”

“He developed an Obscurus, which is both a coping mechanism and something that will ultimately kill you. Except it hasn’t killed him, so we know he must be very powerful to have survived this condition for so long.”



On heading to Paris and the joy of traveling across the world for Fantastic Beasts (rather than just stuck at Hogwarts for the near entirety of the Harry Potter saga):

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Rowling: “One of the great joys of the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series is how free I am to take the story to different countries and explore other aspects of the magical world. I sometimes look back and think, ‘My goodness, seven books, eight movies, all set largely in a school. How did we do that?’”

“Why Paris? In the first movie, we were in America, where the wizarding community felt quite locked down. For this film, I was looking to move to a place where there would be a more fluid relationship between the magic and the mundane. And in the 1920s, that had to be Paris. I have also lived in Paris and have ancestry from there, so I feel a connection to the city.”



On Jude Law's portrayal of Dumbledore:

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Rowling: “I thought it was important that, from the moment we see him on screen, Jude knows the burden Dumbledore is carrying. Because without that knowledge, he would be portraying someone who appears to be playing games with people’s lives, and that’s not who Dumbledore is; he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. Rather, there is humor in the way he has a little fun. However bleak things get, he always has that slightly mischievous side, and Jude did a wonderful job conveying that.”



On Dumbledore's relationship with Newt compared to Harry:

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Rowling: “In this film, we largely see Dumbledore through the eyes of Newt Scamander, who is one of the very few people to call him on his secretiveness and his tendency to manipulate people. At the same time, Newt has an innate respect for Dumbledore because he was not only his favorite teacher but is also one of the greatest wizards alive. They have a very interesting relationship, but it’s very unlike the one we saw with Harry Potter. It’s much more a relationship of equals.”




On the Maledictus and how Nagini will transform from woman to snake:

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Rowling: “A Maledictus is someone who carries a blood curse that, over time, turns them into a beast. They can’t stop it, they can’t turn back. They will lose themselves…they will become the beast with everything that implies.”

“These movies have given me the chance to tell a story about Nagini’s origin. There were always hints because the Naga are mythological snake beings, so her name was an allusion to the fact that she may have had human antecedents, or she may once have been human herself. Through the years I have been asked about it, but I never wanted to give away this dollop of her backstory. But now I get to reveal it, which is very satisfying and fits perfectly into the theme of this movie.”



On the magical creatures:

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Rowling: “I’m fascinated by different mythologies and traditions, particularly when you’re moving around the world, so where there is an existing creature in mythology, it just adds so much texture and color. But some things I totally have to invent, and I really enjoy that process, too.”
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Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, ZoŰ Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen serve as executive producers.

The film reunites the behind-the-scenes creative team from the first “Fantastic Beasts” film, including Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It”), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), four-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), and Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films). The music is by eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard (“Defiance,” “Michael Clayton,” “The Hunger Games” films).

Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures.

This film is rated PG-13 for some sequences of fantasy action.
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