Hear me out, we don’t need another Fantastic Beasts movie. It has lost its momentum, and plenty of other stories in the Harry Potter world would be better received by fans. Regardless, there’s a third film on the way, and I have no idea if it’s worth the money going to see it.
What’s Going on With the Third Film?
The third film, entitled Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, will take place several years after The Crimes of Grindelwald. Its release date is set for April 15, 2022. There’s also no trailer yet.
Albus Dumbledore will send Newt and his friends on a mission into Grindelwald’s army. While they are off, Dumbledore will contemplate his role in the upcoming wizarding war and how long he will stay on the sidelines.
Since Johnny Depp stepped down last year, Warner Bros. hired Mads Mikkelsen to portray Gellert Grindelwald. And I know some fans aren’t happy about the decision, but Mikkelsen is a good actor and deserves a chance to try and fix the franchise.
J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay again, but if it’s anything like the second film, I’m not looking forward to it much.
Despite this, I think curiosity will get the better of me, and I’ll check out the film when it comes out despite not liking where the franchise has been heading.
Where the Franchise Went Wrong
You could probably come up with more reasons than mine about where Fantastic Beasts went wrong, but here are my top three reasons.
Queenie (Tina’s sister and Jacob’s lover) went off the wayside in the second film.
Throughout the first movie, Queenie was always there for her sister, going so far as to break the law to save her. So, it felt forced when she betrayed her friends and family at the end of the second film. The Queenie in the first film would have never considered that.
Credence, that poor boy. Don’t get me wrong, I love this character, but I hate the unanswered questions around him. He is constantly being manipulated by those around him, and for what? To further one side of the wizarding war’s cause? Credence deserves better.
And we, the audience, deserve answers about who he is and what he means for the wizarding world!
The Johnny Depp Problem
Last but not least, Warner Brothers’ treatment of Johnny Depp compared to Amber Heard.
While it may not be directly why the franchise is losing momentum, it has caused some bad blood between audiences and the upcoming film. By firing Johnny Depp from Fantastic Beasts and keeping Amber Heard for Aquaman’s sequel despite what’s come out in the last couple of years, fans have been outraged, and I am kind of with them.
This upcoming film, despite needing to be given a chance for Mikkelsen’s sake, has already lost quite a few fans because of the treatment of both actors. We’ll have to see how that affects the box office in April.
What the Franchise Got Right
Now that I’ve talked about some of the downfalls of the franchise, here are a couple of things the franchise did well.
Jacob and Newt are probably my favorite characters in the franchise.
Newt, for many people, brings autism representation that has been lacking in recent years. For me, it’s heartwarming that my nephew can see someone with some of the same behaviors on screen in a large franchise.
On the other hand, Jacob is one of the most relatable characters I’ve seen in the Harry Potter world. He reacts the same way many of us would if we were thrust into a magical world after being locked out of it for our entire lives.
Another place the franchise does well is the creatures. Makes sense, right?
When they first announced Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I thought Newt Scamander was just going to be traveling the world and helping creatures. I honestly thought it was going to be a magical Dr. Doolittle, but I was way wrong.
Despite this, I still love the creatures that appear in the films. The niffler and bowtruckle are my favorite because they are so cute and funny.