J.K. Rowling Reveals Why Everyone Goes to Paris in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a journey, both literally and figuratively. The action is moving from New York City to Paris, as promised. J.K. Rowling explains in a new featurette that it will also be a real evolution for many of the characters. In fact, don’t believe everything you see. Even after this film ends, there are more surprises to come.

The nefarious Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured and unmasked near the end of the previous film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. As the trailer suggests, he did not stay incarcerated for long. As was exhibited throughout the Harry Potter series, having magical powers goes a long way to secure places and things. However, if other wizards are more powerful, it’s possible for them to evade those failsafe practices. Rowling revealed that Grindelwald breaks his bonds, although exactly how is yet to be seen.

The film is called The Crimes of Grindelwald, but Rowling and the cast teased that Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) will actually be the catalyst for a lot of the action. “The reason everyone goes to Paris, really, is Credence,” Rowling said. Credence is continually questioning who he is throughout, and Dumbledore (Jude Law) apparently already knows. Once again, someone will be battling with destiny, and this time he may not choose the path of light as Harry did.

There’s some interesting footage here that suggests Credence and Nagini (Claudia Kim) have a close relationship. Also, Credence has a house elf! Obviously, indentured servitude is not acceptable in any form, but recognizable elements from the Harry Potter series are always a welcome Easter egg.

Being aligned with Voldemort’s future pet seems pretty clear-cut as though Credence has a dark arts streak inside. We assume Newt, Tina, Jacob, and Queenie will be there to fight him when he begins to lash out again. “Things are becoming much more dark and complicated and people’s allegiances are now being exposed,” Rowling warned. “Whatever you think you know at the end of the movie might not be the case.” Color us intrigued.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens November 16.

Featured Image: EZRA MILLER as Credence in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure “FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.