Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald Filming Locations and Sets

Fantastic Beasts 2 Locations
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The new Fantastic Beasts franchise by author JK Rowling is set in the same universe as the previous eight Harry Potter movies. The second instalment of the series, after 2016' Where to Find Them follows the magical adventures of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), embarked in a quest to stop dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp). The magizoologist will team up with Tina (Katherine Waterston, who also starred Alien: Covenant) and young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), teacher of the wizarding school Hogwarts.

The film features many connections between characters and story lines with Harry Potter's world. David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies and the first Fantastic Beasts film, is in charge of this superproduction too.

The film is set in 1927 and takes place in Paris, London and New York. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was basically filmed in England, at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden (southeast England), although the movie combines sets and CGI with real and beautiful filming locations:

Fantastic Beasts 2 Hogwarts Location
Fantastic Beasts 2 returns to the legendary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Some scenes were filmed at Lacock Abbey, a country house which used to be a monastery, located in Wiltshire near Bath. The establishing shots of Hogwarts with the lake and the bridge are all CGI creations.
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Where was Fantastic Beasts 2 filmed
Some of the vaulted rooms and the cloister of Lacock Abbey were used for filming. This National Trust property also served to film interior sequences for the first and the sixth Harry Potter movies and is also a Cursed location (the 2020 Netflix series). However, the Great Hall (which used to be a set built at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden), was entirely made using digital effects for the short appearance in the movie.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Stephen Jennings

Catacombs of Paris
The historic Highgate Cemetery was the perfect setting to film the entrance to the Catacombs of Paris. This Victorian burial ground is hosting some of the most interesting funerary architecture in the world, and is the final resting place for many prominent figures, from Karl Marx to George Michael.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Elizabeth Ellis - Map

Shoot in London
Cast and crew were also filming in the center of London, in Lothbury (pictured). However, the scene on the top of St Paul's Cathedral was not filmed on location, but using green screens in a soundstage. According to FilmFixer, Newt Scamander’s house is located at St Mary’s Gardens in Lambeth. The night scenes in London with Newt and Albus were filmed with cast doubles at Lambeth Bridge and Albert Embankment, and the close-ups with the stars were shot in the studio. Image courtesy of Warner Bros and Google Maps

White Cliffs
There is a short scene showing the Eastbourne's Seven Sisters Cliffs, where Newt and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) travel via tele-bucket to the other side of the channel. During the film also appeared a few mountain landscapes that some media reported to have been filmed in Switzerland. Image courtesy of Warner Bros - Map

The magnificent sets featured in the movie

Where is Fantastic Beasts 2 set
The design in steel and glass of the French Ministry of Magic, blending Art Nouveau and Steam-punk styles, is inspired by Le Grand Palais, located in the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The real location of this stunning exhibition hall was recently featured in the blockbuster Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Art Director Martin Foley commented that this was the most challenging set to build at the studios in Leavesden for the movie.
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Fantastic Beasts 2 drehorte
Collider reported that the following locations were also completely built in a set: The huge underground amphitheater (pictured), the Circus Arcanus (home of Credence Barebone, played by Ezra Miller), and the ancient wizard Nicolas Flamel’s crooked house. Image courtesy of Warner Bros

Street scenes soundstage
Some detailed streets of the French capital were also reproduced in the studio (the outdoor French Diagon Alley set), filled with stores, an apothecary, and a female statue in a little square that is the portal into the wizarding Paris. Also a little section of Place de la Concorde and a roof next to the Eiffel Tower (Credence’s hideout), were created in a set and completed in post-production thanks to CGI imagery.

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  1. I'm pretty sure that's Seven Sisters in East Sussex and not the White Cliffs of Dover.


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