The final scenes of The Crimes of Grindelwald are set in “Nurmengard Castle.” It appears to be Grindelwald’s base or headquarters, and it is quite nicely furnished — not very prison-like, as I recall. I’ve only seen the film once, and I was too surprised to compare the depiction of the castle with the depiction of “Nurmengard” (the prison) in Deathly Hallows. The screenplay book simply says:
- EXT. AUSTRIA, NURMENGARD CASTLE WINDOW—DAWN
- CREDENCE is staring out at the sky, scared of what he has done but awed by the magnificent vista. We pan out to see Nurmengard, high on its mountain.
Do we think that “Nurmengard Castle” is a different place or building from the (later?) prison, or do we think that the castle was later repurposed as a prison? (Hermione says that Grindelwald had the prison built to hold his opponents, which would seem to suggest that it’s not the same as the castle, but there’s some room for interpretation.)