In a few days, Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets will be released in theaters. The third film of the Harry Potter spin-off had several problems along the way, from the pandemic to the departure of Johnny Depp, and now it faces another situation, censorship in China.
The second film The Crimes of Grindelwald did not convince the fans, so Warner Bros. hopes to regain the public’s trust with this new installment, which promises a lot of magical action and as the first critics anticipated, it is the best of the trilogy .
The Secrets of Dumbledore will be in charge of showing the battle against the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, now played by the Danish Mads Mikkelsen, and his mission to purify the magical world by wiping out Muggles. The story will also focus on the relationship between Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Grindelwald, confirming that the two are a couple. This is known before, it was even hinted at in the second movie. This caused a backlash against the film.
With this in mind, Warner Bros. made the decision to censor Dumbledore’s Secrets for it to reach the Chinese market. According to Variety, the company removed from the footage a six-second scene where Dumbledore makes his sexual orientation clear. According to Warner’s statement, those responsible for the film agreed with the cuts and reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining the integrity of the film in other markets.
“As a studio, we are committed to safeguarding the integrity of every film we release, and that extends to circumstances that require making nuanced cuts to sensitively respond to a variety of factors in the marketplace. Our hope is to release our features globally as published by their creators, but we have historically faced small edits made in local markets. In the case of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets, a six-second cut was requested and Warner Bros. agreed to those changes to meet local requirements, but the spirit of the film remains intact. We want audiences around the world to see and enjoy this film, and it is important to us that Chinese audiences also have the opportunity to experience it, even with these minor edits.”
Six seconds may sound like a tiny thing, but in that time, Albus’ true motivation is known and why he can’t harm who was his friend and partner. Although the film will not have the same emotional weight in China, in the rest of the markets it will be able to feel.
Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets will hit theaters on April 14 for Latin America and on April 15 for the United States and Spain.
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