Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the third installment of the Fantastic Beasts movie series. Unfortunately, the prequel series is not hitting the way it’s supposed to hit. Riding the coattails of the unmatched Harry Potter movies, Fantastic Beasts was not only supposed to expand on the Wizarding World, but also to serve as the prequels that fans supposedly wanted. While the most recent film, Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald introduced us to a young Albus Dumbledore, it seems that his mysterious past isn’t enough to draw fans and local audiences alike.
Reason for failure
The franchise saw a deep cut in audience approval after the release of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald — with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 36%, versus the primary installment of the franchise in 2016 sitting at 74%. Both scores are disappointingly low, which doesn’t inspire hope for the third film. Many attribute the second film’s failure to the casting of Johnny Depp as Albus Dumbledore’s former lover and Wizarding World villain, Gellert Grindelwald. The disapproval was rooted in the fact that Depp was in the midst of divorcing Aquaman actress, Amber Heard, with accusations of domestic violence intertwined all the while. It was announced that Danish actor, Mads Mikklesen, was recast as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 and would be replacing Depp.
The sad part about all of this is that the former Hogwarts headmaster’s extremely mystifying backstory should be enough to bring this franchise back to life. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow: Part 2, we met Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus Dumbledore’s younger brother. I would say “SPOILER ALERT” but that movie came out just a little over a decade ago — it is what it is. Anyway, in the second part of the franchise-ending finale, we were given a brief glimpse into the life of Albus Dumbledore in his youth as a the eldest brother to Aberforth and their deceased sister Ariana, his former friendship to the Grindelwald, and (SPOILER ALERT!) his long-lost youngest brother Aurelius Dumbledore — formerly known as the orphaned Credence Barebone.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is scheduled to release on April 15, 2022.
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