Modern day New York has changed an enormous amount since the '20s and Liverpool, England has been cast to represent a more historic version of the Big Apple in the upcoming Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Locals of the historic British dockside city were the first to know the news as it was revealed via a local newspaper named 'Liverpool Echo,' with the following quote from series producer David Heyman:
"We are thrilled to be bringing Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them to Liverpool, a city which has such fond memories for me. My mother is from Liverpool and, as a child, we would often visit family there. The architecture in this beautiful city works perfectly for our film, set in 1920s New York, and I know we will receive a very warm welcome."
If you are wondering why Liverpool has been chosen as the city, it is probably due to the fact that it contains 2,500 listed buildings and has been described by the English Heritage Trust as "England's finest Victorian city."
Some of the buildings in Liverpool also bare more than a passing resemblance to their New York counterparts for example St. George’s Hall could definitely be related to the New York Public Library when it was first constructed in 1908.
One thing's for sure, it will be an exciting time for the residents of Liverpool, because over 500 cast and crew members will be arriving in the city for the production.