Not all publicity is good publicity and the Harry Potter franchise learned that the hard way. J. K. Rowling may have given the world one of the most famous book series, but her recently revealed transphobia has had an appropriate uproar from the fans.
While the conflict between art and artist is a never-ending debate, for fans like me, we always separate the art from the artist. Her ideologies are not mine and her creation is more than her. Having said that, she is not the only reason for the lack of response towards the announcement of the third movie of this prequel series.
Along with her, the replacement of the popular (and very controversial) Johnny Depp, who played the charming and malicious antagonist, Grindelwald has raised many comments and protests. All did not accept this recasting because of Johnny Depp’s amazing performance and the viewers’ belief in his innocence in the legal case.
From the time of the second movie, the franchise has gone into a slum. Coupled with the off-screen negativity, Fantastic Beasts needs to have something powerful packed into the third movie.
We know (or speculate) that Dumbledore (portrayed by Jude Law) is gay and that he has a blood pact with Grindelwald. He is also very mysterious about his siblings and his youth years. For those who haven’t seen this Redmayne starring series or have not watched the second one, you are yet to find out the identity of Ezra’s character Credence.
The third movie will need to have something more than Credence to generate any engagement or hype for the third movie of the series. Having known the fate of Scamander and Grindelwald due to the Harry Potter movies, many also question what the movies are building up to. Warner Bros will have to stir the plot pot and hope for magic to make sure that they can continue with their five-movie series idea and not halt after just 3.
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