In a recent interview with CinemaBlend, Heyman hinted that it’s quite possible Newt (played by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne) may not take center stage in the remaining four films set to make up J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts saga.
“I don’t think [Newt will be at] the heart of all of them. I think he’ll be part— so will Tina, Queen and Jacob— will be part of the next one,” teased Heyman.
Additionally, Heyman also revealed that fans can also expect appearances by everyone’s favorite Hogwarts headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, as well as Fantastic Beasts newcomers Creedence (Ezra Miller), Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
As sad as we are to hear that Newt might not be the focus of the entire five-part movie series, it makes sense in the grand scheme of things.
Rowling recently revealed on Twitter that Fantastic Beasts is set to span a total of 19 years, taking us from 1926 to 1945. With the introduction of Grindelwald and the promise of young Dumbledore, Potter fans have already caught on to the fact that Rowling is most likely gearing up to tell the story of Grindelwald’s rise and fall from power.
We know from the Potter books that it was Dumbledore who eventually defeated Grindelwald in a legendary showdown that occurs in 1945. Considering that’s such a big point in wizarding history, it makes sense that perhaps the story of Grindelwald and his eventual defeat will overshadow Newt’s story as we near the end of the saga.
And as sad as we’ll be to say goodbye to the likes of Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob when the time comes, we’ll be looking forward to following them on their journey for as long as we possibly can as Rowling continues to weave her magical tale for us on the big screen.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters now.