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Tom Riddle (Lord Voldemort) is estimated to be less than a year old when this movie takes place. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), which takes place in 1992, the Chamber is said to had been opened 50 years prior, i.e. in 1942. It is also said that Tom Riddle turned 16 that same year, so he must have been born in 1926. Since this movie is set in 1927, Tom would be one year old by the end of that year.
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Johnny Depp signed on without reading a script. He wanted to be a part of the series because he is a self-proclaimed massive fan of the series.
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Newt Scamander carries a wand, practices magic, and works for the Ministry of Magic, even though he was expelled from Hogwarts, which puzzled several fans online, especially since Hagrid wasn't afforded those liberties. J.K. Rowling explained that the reason for this will be revealed throughout the series.
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This movie features the first time in Beasts franchise that actors from the Harry Potter movies have reprised their roles: Jamie Campbell Bower as Young Grindelwald and Toby Regbo as Young Dumbledore; both briefly appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010).
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To prepare for the role of Dumbledore, J.K. Rowling gave Jude Law extremely secret details about his character during a two and a half-hour meeting between the two of them, during which he was allowed to ask as many questions as he needed. Law also watched Michael Gambon's performance in the previous six films to help establish the character and performance.
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Zoë Kravitz's character, Leta Lestrange, has a much larger part in this film. The Lestrange family has a very notable reputation in the wizarding world, where the series previously featured Bellatrix Lestrange (played by Helena Bonham Carter), who married into the family, and to a lesser extent, her husband Rodolphus and his brother Rabastan. They are one of the original Sacred Twenty-Eight (truly pureblood families) and are known for their extreme wealth, pureblood supremacy, and practice of the Dark Arts. A few members of the family even become Death Eaters.
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The interior of the basement where Newt Scamander keeps his beasts is stylized according to the lithograph "Relativity" by M.C. Escher.
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J.K. Rowling has confirmed on Twitter that Newt Scamander is still going be the main character in the following movies.
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Coincidentally, Callum Turner and Eddie Redmayne (who play brothers) grew up less than a hundred meters from each other. Their childhood homes in Chelsea, London are a 3 minute walk from each other. The two experienced many milestones in the same places, such as learning to swim in the same pool. ("There's something in that, an essence in the part of the world where we both grew up. It's no coincidence that we're now playing brothers," says Turner.)
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During his first audition for Theseus, Callum Turner instinctively kissed Eddie Redmayne on the top of his head; he believes that was what got him the role.
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Grindelwald's skull hookah is engraved with the words "für das größere wohl" (For the Greater Good") and the date 1898. The motto is related to his own philosophy of not trying to dominate muggles and wizards for power's sake, but for the greater good. The date may be a reference to Gindelwald's years in the Durmstrang Institute of Magic, according to Pottermore.
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Hogwarts exteriors, like some interiors, were shot in the historic Lacock Abbey, dating back to 1229. This abbey, located in Wiltshire, England, had already been used for the same purpose for the first films of the Harry Potter saga.
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Costume designer Colleen Atwood has been dressing Johnny Depp for all kinds of characters for over 30 years.
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The role of Nagini was previously offered to Indonesian actress Acha Septriasa, as J.K. Rowling stated that the character was inspired by folklore from Indonesia. She turned down the offer because of pregnancy.
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Filmed almost entirely at Leavesden's Warner Studios (located in western Hertfordshire County, about 30 kilometers from London), which has been home to the wizarding world for almost twenty years.
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Although Theseus is the older brother of Newt, Eddie Redmayne, who played Newt, is 8 years older than Callum Turner who played Theseus.
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Because the script was top secret, the characters had code names for members of the film crew.
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As with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), animal making required months of graphic, pattern, and animation testing to determine the appearance, behavior, movements, attitude, and personality of each creature. J.K. Rowling was inspired, for many of them, by legendary creatures from different cultures, such as the Chinese Zouwu, the Scottish Kelpie and the French Matagot.
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The early rumors on who would play the young Albus Dumbledore included Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch and then Jared Harris (the son of the late Richard Harris, who played the older Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies).
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The renewed casting of Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald (a role he had briefly played in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)) caused considerable controversy among fans, due to Depp's highly publicized divorce which was accompanied by allegations of domestic abuse (which he denied). Writer J.K. Rowling, however, has defended the casting choice, releasing statements in which she fully supports Depp's involvement in the film and its upcoming sequels. Interestingly enough, Rowling's ex-husband once claimed that he struck her.
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Throughout the film, Newt references salamanders. Salamanders are commonly associated with witchcraft and alchemy, being considered an elemental of fire. Also, newts and salamanders are closely related types of amphibian.
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When Leta opens the desk in Hogwarts to view the engravings, a symbol similar to the mark of the Deathly Hallows can be seen as well.
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During the scene with Newt and Theseus in one of the hallways of the British Ministry of Magic, we see several owls flying overhead. These would be interdepartmental memos being sent. Many years later, in the fifth instalment in the Harry Potter franchise (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) we see Harry and Arthur Weasley travelling in an elevator, where they see more interdepartmental memos being sent, now in the form of paper airplanes. Mr. Weasley then tells Harry, "Just interdepartmental memos. We used to use owls, but the mess was unbelievable... droppings all over the desks...". This tells us that this took place before they changed from owls to paper planes.
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Some dispute seems to be as to how the name Grindelwald should actually be pronounced, with "young" Dumbledore putting a very noticeable German spin on it (i.e. the Wald part pronounced much like in the English word "Vast"), whereas most other characters use a more conventional English pronunciation (i.e. the Wald part pronounced much like in the English word "Wall"). There actually is a city in Switzerland by the name of Grindelwald, so Dumbledore's version (who also knows the man more intimately than most) certainly has some foundation.
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Jude Law used an authentic sleight of hand move he had learned for the scene where Dumbledore presents his card to Scamander. Whether the visual outcome has then been further "tweaked" in post production or not, is (as of the film's release) up for debate, but the move itself is still easily recognisable to anyone who's ever so much as dabbled into the art of sleight of hands.
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A set of puppeteers allowed the actors and the technicians to physically take the place of the animals which were then finalized in post production thanks to the visual effects. Robin Guiver, the puppeteer responsible for creatures, led the team. He is a recognized professionally since his creation of the character of "War Horse" on Broadway and his participation in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). The puppets were of different sizes and materials depending on the beast: for example, small bags of marbles were used to double the Niffler and his babies. And the enormous Zouwu required no less than three puppeteers, one manipulating his large sculpted head while the others moved his body and tail nearly three meters long that they swayed at the end of a pole.
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Filming began in January 2017. On Twitter, J.K. Rowling announced that Alison Sudol would return, alongside the already confirmed Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston.
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Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (who plays the role of Skender) was the Icelandic voice for Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
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Based on the published screenplay, Nagini has only five spoken lines in the entire film.
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Costume designer Colleen Atwood was inspired by 1940s black and white films, most notably Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949).
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Gellert Grindelwald has now been played by four actors: Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, Jamie Campbell Bower and Michael Byrne.
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Rather than filming in Paris, the producers decided to reconstitute the French capital at Leavesden studios, where it was possible to control the events, as was the case with New York in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). Production designer Stuart Craig and his team began photographing different parts of Paris for their research in order to get shots that visual effects teams could use as backgrounds to extend the city to the horizon.
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As of June 2019, this film remains the lowest ranking film in the 'Wizarding World' franchise; both commercially and critically.
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Principal filming was completed on December 20, 2017.
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It is the second installment in the Fantastic Beasts film series, and the tenth overall in the Wizarding World franchise, which began with the Harry Potter film series.
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The Fantastic Beasts had generated more than $800 million in box office revenue worldwide for a budget of $180 million. This is not, however, David Yates' biggest hit since Harry Potter movies he directed, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) made $943, $935, $960 and $1,342 million in global revenue, respectively.
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Jude Law previously appeared in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) with previous Dumbledore Michael Gambon. He also appeared in Road to Perdition (2002) with Ciarán Hinds, who played his brother Aberforth. In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) he worked with Jared Harris, son of previous Dumbledore Richard Harris. In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), he worked with Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell.
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Principal photography for the film began at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden London in July 2017. Filming also took place in England, including London, Switzerland, and Paris.
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After entering the magical part of Paris for the first time, Porpentina moves through a crowd surrounding a circus, one of the people in the crowd is a little boy holding a red balloon. This could be a nod to the classic short film The Red Balloon (1956), which tells the story of a young Parisian boy and his magical red balloon.
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Just prior to shooting, Callum Turner broke his wand during a screen test.
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This is (at least) the fifth time actor Jude Law takes on a film role of a character that's previously been portrayed by other actors: twice in remakes of films originally starring Michael Caine (Sleuth and Alfie); the character Dr. Watson, who's been portrayed by several actors in numerous Sherlock Holmes films; Heath Ledger's role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) (which was slightly reimagined to accommodate being recast with Law, Johnny Depp , and Colin Farrell following Ledger's untimely death); and now Albus Dumbledore, previously played by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the original Harry Potter franchise.
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When Nicolas Flamel opens his locker, the Philosopher's Stone can be seen glowing inside.
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According to the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Leta Lestrange was conducting an experiment at Hogwarts which went wrong and endangered the life of a student. Newt Scamander took the blame and the other professors threatened to expel him from Hogwarts, but Dumbledore stood up for him, so he was never expelled, he is listed as a graduate.
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Grindelwald wields the Elder Wand, one of the Deathly Hallows, which was a huge plot point in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
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The movie establishes that Nagini is a wizard born human under the Maledictus curse, forcing her to change shape into a snake. In the Harry Potter movies Nagini is Voldemort's pet after the curse forces her to live as a snake permanently.
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Nicolas Flamel (c. 1340-1418) was a historical French scribe and manuscript-seller. After his death, Flamel developed a reputation as an alchemist believed to have discovered the philosopher's stone and to have thereby achieved immortality. He has since appeared as a legendary alchemist in various fictional works.
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During the meeting in Paris' Pere Lachaise cemetery, Grindelwald claims to see the future of mankind, showing images from World War II. J.K. Rowling claimed that the arc of Fantastic Beasts will span 19 years, ending accurately in 1945.
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Nicolas Flamel (maker of the Philosopher's Stone) is featured in this movie after being mentioned multiple times in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
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There are many references to future events for Harry Potter and his friends, most notably: Thestrals make an appearance, as does various areas of Hogwarts, Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall, and possible ancestors of future students, including Cormac McClaggen and members of Draco's gang. Dumbledore is teaching a Defense Against the Dark Arts class about Boggarts. Nicholas Flamel, and the Philosopher's Stone both appear. Dumbledore looks at himself in the Mirror of Erised. There is a Quidditch practice going on in the background of a scene. Leta walks through the Great Hall. Nagini has a significant role, confirmed to be a person prior to becoming a snake.
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In a flashback of Newt and Leta during their time as Hogwarts students, it's revealed that Leta belongs to the Slytherin house and Newt belongs to the Hufflepuff house, as can be seen in the prominent colors (green and gold, respectively) and House crests embroidered on their uniforms.
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In the beginning of this movie, Jacob breaks off his engagement to Queenie. In the beginning of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), there was a deleted scene in which Jacob's fiance breaks off their engagement.
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At the beginning of the movie, Theseus hugs Newt. At the end of the movie, is Newt who hugs Theseus.
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Brontis Jodorowsky plays the Alchemist known as Nicolas Flamel who, in the Harry Potter universe, is the creator of the Philosopher's Stone that yields the Elixir of Eternal Life. Brontis' father, famous cult director and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky, played a powerful (but nameless) Alchemist in his third theatrical film The Holy Mountain (1973).
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