Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts may become the most cursed of franchises in Hollywood Film Industry

From casting controversy to an author who is now in trouble Here are the numerous scandals that the Harry Potter spin-off has been through.

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    Fantastic Beasts may become the most cursed of franchises in Hollywood Film Industry

There’s a common plot line that occurs in the Harry Potterseries concerning the fact that Hogwarts’ Defense Against the Dark Arts job has to be cursed. Every professor who teaches this class is never in the classroom for more than a year. They have to contend with the possibility of losing memory, centaur kidnappings, Polyjuice Potion shenanigans, even death.

The Wizarding World is filled with problems, but up until some time ago it was Harry Potter was a popular Harry Potter franchise itself has always had a charming existence: J.K. Rowling’s seven-book series is among the top-selling series ever, and the films consistently broke box office records and created famous names for their actors and acclaim for actors such as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe.

Based on the series’ initial huge success and untouchable popularity, a spin-off franchise seemed like a good possibility, especially one by J.K. Rowling which expanded her Wizarding World. The 3-film Fantastic Beastsseries has been plagued by issues and fans are left wondering if the show itself is suffering from a curse of its own, not as those who hold the Defense Against the Dark Arts professorship.

 

Since the debut Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiered in the year 2016, and was followed by the 2018 version The Crimes of Grindelwald and 2022’s The Secrets of Dumbledore, the show has often produced the wrong media headlines, ranging from controversial casting decisions to its increasingly controversial author. The film The Secrets of Dumbledore now on the big screen, EW breaks down some of the (many!) scandals Fantastic Beasts has faced.

The Grindelwald issue

 Mads Mikkelsen in ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ | CREDIT: WARNER BROS.
 The original Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them It was a homage to the delightfully named Hogwarts textbook, the film promises an adventure in the 1920s New York following the magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) when he interacted with an assortment of exotic animals. In the final moments of the film however, Colin Farrell’s The character is revealed to be the dark wizard who is infamously known as Gellert Grindelwald who is who is played by Johnny Depp with a blonde wig with creepy contacts.

 

The casting of Depp was mostly received with disdain and even hostility. Onscreen the addition of Grindelwald altered the overall style of the series changing the focus from “fun magical adventure series” to “dark Holocaust allegory.” Offscreen, the casting of Depp sparked an additional level of controversy, particularly after he and former wife Amber Heard struggled through a divorce that became increasingly ugly. In the wake of Heard openly claimed Depp of domestic violence — accusations Depp consistently deniedthe actress and director Rowling as well as Director David Yates spoke out to support the actor in support of the actor’s casting.

Depp was a key character in the 2018 film crime drama The Crimes of Grindelwald,but he eventually resigned from the series in the year 2020 following winning a libel lawsuit with the British publication The Sun,which published an article that referred to the actor in the role of the “wife beater.” In the statement, Depp explained that Warner Bros. had requested to quit as a result, as well Mads Mikkelsen was later in the role of Grindelwald for the film “The Secrets of Dumbledore.

A cast member with a problem

 Ezra Miller in ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ | CREDIT: WARNER BROS.

Depp hasn’t been the sole Fantastic Beastscast member to garner attention. Ezra Miller has starred in the of the three Fantastic Beastsfilms, in the role of Credence, a.k.a. Aurelius Dumbledore. (The actor also is scheduled to star in Warner Bros.’ upcoming film The Flash.) However, Miller (who makes use of pronouns like they/them has had to deal with legal issues in the past in the past, starting with an altercation in a bar located in Reykjavik, Iceland. The video was later posted online of the incident, where Miller appears to be seen choking an individual and then throwing her on the floor. Miller has not been a spokesperson for the incident.

Miller has been a source of controversy for his unpredictable behavior throughout time, and in January 2022, Miller posted an eerie video where they seem to threat members of the Ku Klux Klan chapter in North Carolina. In the past, Miller was detained in Hawaii and was charged with harassing and disorderly conduct just days prior to screening the London premier of The Secrets of Dumbledore. Hawaii police informed that the AP the news agency that Miller was detained at a karaoke venue following a report of her yelling obscenities and throwing a man in the face while playing darts and taking microphones from the hand of a woman while the singer performed Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s song “Shallow” from A Star Is Born.

Hawaiian authorities also stated that Miller was behind at more than 10 police calls in connection with incidents such as filming people at a petrol station, and refusing to leave the street in front of a restaurant. Two people from Hawaii submitted an application an interim restraining request against Miller and accused him of intimidating them and taking items from their homes.

A controversial author

 J.K. Rowling | CREDIT: KARWAI TANG/WIREIMAGE

The biggest cloud that hangs that hangs over the Fantastic Beastsfranchise is Rowling herself. The once-loved author has turned into a controversial character, due to her frequently criticized and controversial remarks regarding transgender people. Even though the Harry Potterbooks have always been awash with themes of compassion The author has doubled on her bizarre comments regarding gender identity and sex comments that have been condemned as damaging towards the LGBT community. Rowling is herself adamant about not that she is transphobic, however, her remarks have drawn scorn from the public as well as LGBT groups alike. Cast members such as Radcliffe and Redmayne also rejected Rowling’s opinions and spoke out for trans rights..

It’s a disappointing turn for the author who’s novels have always emphasized the concept of empathy and equality In the days prior the release of the film’srelease, Rowling has almost all tweeted about sex as well as gender identities, in contrast to the epic film she wrote. She did appear during the Secrets of Dumbledorepremiere however she didn’t snap photos with the cast or talk to the media, and she was absent from HBO Max’s anniversary celebration that brought together the cast and film makers to celebrate the 20th anniversary from the era of Harry Potter.

The ongoing controversy surrounding Rowling has also brought her involvement with the franchise in doubt however, Warner Bros. seems committed to staying with her. Fans noticed that Rowling’s name wasn’t mentioned in the Dumbledoretrailer’s Secrets of Dumbledoretrailer, the studio and Rowling issued a joint defense statement, stating the “partnership continues today and is more collaborative than ever.” But, Rowling has become so controversial to the point that Russian President Vladimir Putin recently compared his country’s standing within the global community to the way people had “canceled” Rowling — and he’s certainly not the person to whom you’d expect.

A dwindling fanbase?

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Writers and cast members aside It’s difficult to deny this: it’s hard to deny that the Fantastic Beastsfranchise simply hasn’t been able to live up to it’s Potterpredecessors. The original Fantastic Beastswas a success at the box office, earning more than $814 million in the world however, the sequel, Crimes of Gryndelwaldmade significantly less, taking just $655 million, and earning poor reviews. The film’s narrative decisions have been questioned Some people accused the previous two movies of deflating the sexuality of Dumbledore following the revelation that Rowling earlier revealed she knew the wizard to be homosexual and was passionate about Grindelwald. Others were dissatisfied with the way the film’s Crimes of Grindelwaldhandled Nagini’s plot, criticizing it for being unsensitive to race. (Dumbledore’s sexuality is acknowledged in the film The Secrets of Dumbledore,while Nagini actor Claudia Kim does not appear in the sequel in any way.)

It’s not clear what — or how the growing number of controversy will impact Secrets of Dumbledore. The third installment has received mixed reviews, but it’s Rotten Tomatoes score of 49 percent is an improvement over Grindelwald which received only 36 percent. Rowling has stated she believes that Fantastic Beastswould be an all-flash series of five films However, on a story level, Secrets of Dumbledoreis quite surprisingly conclusive, dealing with cliffhangers and wrapping up a lot of the series loose end. The most recent Variety article revealed there is a possibility that the fourth script is been written and the executives of Warner Bros. are waiting to examine what Dumbledoreperforms before they approve the next movie.

In the meantime, is there an ability to remove controversy?

 

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