With mixed reviews and a weekend box office of $58 million internationally, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore may have grabbed the number 1 slot worldwide at the weekend but it hasn’t exactly set the world alight. The US release is due this weekend.

This comes hot on the heels of the news that Warner Bros. Pictures edited the movie for China to appease the Chinese government. They had objected to references to a past relationship between Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen).

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Fifteen years after author J.K. Rowling first discussed the sexuality of Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore, some lines in the latest movie confirmed this. A Warner Bros. statement said:

“As a studio, we’re committed to safeguarding the integrity of every film we release, and that extends to circumstances that necessitate making nuanced cuts in order to respond sensitively to a variety of in-market factors.

Our hope is to release our features worldwide as released by their creators but historically we have faced small edits made in local markets.

In the case of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, a six-second cut was requested and Warner Bros. accepted those changes to comply with local requirements but the spirit of the film remains intact.

We want audiences everywhere in the world to see and enjoy this film, and it’s important to us that Chinese audiences have the opportunity to experience it as well, even with these minor edits.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore took in $9.7 million on its opening weekend in China despite the heavy COVID restrictions in place there.

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No green light has been given to the fourth entry, with the feeling reported at Warner Bros. that the prequel series may be done. A recent tweet from Jeff Sneider, a senior exec at Warner’s, indicated that they are recommending to new leaders that they pursue the return of the original series stars to make a continuation movie to the Potter series, probably Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.

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