With director David Yates' Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald set for release later this year, fans of the series now know what the French word for muggle is.
2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them went back in time in the Harry Potter universe - aka. J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World - to tell a story about Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander and his briefcase of magical beasts. Swapping the shores of England for New York City, Fantastic Beasts introduced audiences to the word "no-maj" as the American equivalent of muggle. However, as we move locations again to Paris for The Crimes of Grindelwald, we had better pick up our French dictionary.
Speaking to EW, Yates revealed that the word for non-magical people in The Crimes of Grindelwald is "non-magique." There is certainly a sense of déjà vu to the wording of muggles in France, clearly adapting the same formula as the first movie. With it now confirmed that every Fantastic Beasts movie will take place in a different city, should we expect "nicht magisch" to become the phrase if the franchise makes a trip to Germany at some point? Rowling is known for her ingenious wordplay, so get ready for even more alternatives for muggle before Fantastic Beasts wraps its story up.
Yates also indicated that the Parisian setting in The Crimes of Grindelwald is quite different from the bustling streets of New York in the first Fantastic Beasts movie:
“[The wizarding world in Paris is] quite glamorous, it’s quite beautiful. There’s a community that lives alongside the muggle community, it’s much freer than in New York, where there’s segregation. Paris is a bit like England, actually, not so hung up about the differences between the two. Magical people can freely move into non-magical communities as long as they’re discrete about their talents…”
With returning favorites like Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, and Dan Fogler, the existing cast will be joined in The Crimes of Grindelwald by Jonny Depp in an expanded role as the eponymous Grindelwald, as well as series newcomer Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore. The second installment will follow Grindelwald's crusade across Europe as he gathers a cult of followers, and continues his villainous mission against the "non-magique."
The rest of the plot is shrouded in mystery, and we still don't know what takes Redmayne's Magizoologist to Paris, but with a November release date looming, expect to find out more about The Crimes of Grindelwald in the coming months. This may be the tenth movie in the J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, but there seems to be no shortage of interest in the franchise. With a trip around the world on the cards, muggles and non-magique alike should start brushing up on their vocabulary skills for the Fantastic Beasts series.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018