Now that Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has hit theaters, new details are emerging about this magical adventure, and the sequel that will follow it. Producer David Heyman, who previously served as a producer on all eight Harry Potter movies, revealed that they actually shot a much different ending, which teases the fate of a main character while also setting up Fantastic Beasts 2. There will be SPOILERS for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them Below, so read on at your own risk.
We reported earlier this month that Johnny Depp is playing the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, and that he would have a brief appearance in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, before returning in a larger role for Fantastic Beasts 2. At the end of the film, it was revealed that Gellert Grindelwald was actually disguising himself as Colin Farrell's character, Percival Graves. It was also believed that Ezra Miller's character Credence Barebone was killed, but producer David Heyman revealed to CinemaBlend that the original ending they shot for this movie showed that Credence Barebone is in fact alive and well. Here's what the producer had to say below.
"We actually had a scene, which we cut, which was Credence going to a boat, to get on a boat somewhere else. But we cut that, because we didn't want to have it be such an, 'Ahhh, here we go.' Him getting on a boat, maybe a boat with Newt, maybe not, and heading off out of New York."
Earlier this month, director David Yates, who is returning to the helm for Fantastic Beasts 2, confirmed that the sequel will be set in Paris, which is most likely where Newt and Credence were sailing off to in this deleted scene. While magizoologist Newt Scamander is certainly the main character in this movie, David Heyman hinted that Newt may not be "at the heart" of all the follow-ups. Here's what the producer had to say, teasing some of the characters that will be back for Fantastic Beasts 2.
"I don't think [Newt will be at] the heart of all of them. I think he'll be part -- so will Tina, Queenie and Jacob -- will be part of the next one. And Credence and Grindelwald. I think they will be the main players."
In the original Harry Potter stories, Gellert Grindelwald was mentioned as a former friend of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, who has also been confirmed for Fantastic Beasts 2. The filmmakers have yet to cast the young Albus Dumbledore at this time, and it hasn't been confirmed when production will begin yet, although the studio has set a November 16, 2018 release date. Be sure to check back on Sunday to find out how Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them fared at the box office this weekend.