One of the strangest qualities of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is the way it tells what's basically a standalone story — the disappearance and recapturing of Newt Scamander's magical creatures — against the backdrop of a much bigger theme, the tensions between wizarding kind and the no-maj community.
Trying to be both a self-contained film and the jump-off for a franchise could be either a strength or a flaw, but either way results in a situation where, as it stands, there's really no obvious reason for Eddie Redmayne to don the rather fetching blue coat (seriously, does anyone know where I can get one? That shit is pure wool!) of Newt Scamander in future sequels.
Of course, he will return, but speaking to CinemaBlend, #FantasticBeasts producer David Heyman suggested that Newt, Tina, Queenie and Jacob will take a back seat to none other than Grindelwald and Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts 2 and beyond:
"I don't think [Newt] will be at the heart of all of them. I think he'll be part [with Tina, Queenie and Jacob] of the next one, [but] Dumbledore, Credence and Grindelwald - I think they will be the main players."
And that begs the question...
Are We Going Back To Hogwarts?
While pretty much all of Fantastic Beasts's best moments involve Newt's suitcase full of creatures and the incredible habitat created inside it, there are moments where the film lacks the magic of the #HarryPotter franchise. Which is totally understandable — away from the school environment of #Hogwarts, it's more difficult to balance the dark with the light.
But presuming #FantasticBeasts2 takes place somewhere either side of 1930, Albus Dumbledore will be working as Professor of Transfiguration at Hogwarts — so, unless the entire movie takes place during the Christmas holidays, it's a fair bet that we'll be heading back to the world's greatest wizarding school (unless you ask Queenie Goldstein) before long.
Still, we already know that Fantastic Beasts 2 will be set in Paris, but that doesn't necessarily rule out a trip across the sea.
The Fantastic Beasts sequel is scheduled for November 2018. We'll keep you updated on the latest gossip as we have it. Until then...
Do you think we're going back to Hogwarts?