“Fantastic Beasts 3” Is Set to Take Us Back to Hogwarts

It’s official: Preproduction for the third Fantastic Beasts film has begun, and while some Potterheads are super excited for the arrival of the third installment, others are pretty skeptical about it. It’s no secret that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald didn’t do nearly as well as the first film. Now producers are thinking of new ways to get Harry Potter fans to spend their money on movie tickets. Get ready – we’re going back to Hogwarts.

Yes, for real this time. Variety reports that Warner Bros. is determined to make the third film a massive success. Insiders say that the company is determined to get it right this time, and that seems to include more scenes at the beloved School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The magazine speculates that the third film is set to focus more on young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) since more of the action will be taking place at Hogwarts. The film will also include a brand-new location: Rio de Janeiro. We’re curious to see how this is going to play out.

Filming is set to start in spring, with the film arriving in theaters on November 12, 2021. Yes, we’re going to have to wait a while, but hopefully, it will be worth it this time. Jeff Bock, Senior Box Office Analyst for Exhibitor Relations, seems very optimistic that the third film will deliver everything Potter fans desire, as long as J.K. Rowling and the writers take note of the elements that worked well for Crimes of Grindelwald.

If you look at what worked with Crimes of Grindelwald, it was when they went back to Hogwarts. There were audible gasps from the audience. People loved seeing Jude Law as Dumbledore. Hopefully J.K. and the writers realize [that] just because the movie is set in Brazil doesn’t mean we can’t spend half the time at Hogwarts. There are things they could do to save the movie.

We can probably all agree that going back to Hogwarts in the third film will most definitely be a good move. The prospect of spending a good amount of time there during the movie is enough to let anyone reach for their Galleons to buy tickets.

Another change that’s being made by the studio is the reinstatement of Steve Kloves, who wrote the screenplay for seven of the eight Harry Potter films. He will be cowriting Fantastic Beasts 3, and there are high hopes that he’ll give the franchise the magic touch it needs to be successful. Sources are hopeful that his inherent understanding of the wizarding world will help create a film that will appeal to fans. In the meantime, executives are delighted with the script of the third film and believe that it tops the quality of the previous two. There are also rumors that the upcoming movie will have plenty of bread crumbs for Potterheads to obsess over. Now we’re talking.

According to Bock, the decision to hire Kloves again was definitely a step in the right direction.

Adding Steve Kloves is the first good step they’ve made since [Fantastic Beasts:] The Crimes of Grindelwald. I suspect bringing him in will bring in more mythology from Harry Potter into [sic] Fantastic Beasts — that’s why you’d hire someone like that. He has a lot of knowledge and is trusted by J.K. Rowling to bridge that gap. They need to lead this into a new direction.

If that new direction is a movie filled with scenes at Hogwarts, we’ll be happy to give away all our Galleons to see it. Are you excited for the third film? Do you think it’s going to be better than Crimes of Grindelwald? Sound off in the comments.

Marica Laing

Growing up, I was a massive fan of Harry Potter and my love for the stories grew as I got older. It’s no surprise then that I love writing about all things Potter related. When I’m not writing about all the magic, you’ll find me reading (probably something Harry Potter related), listening to music, or writing some songs.