Warner Bros. confirmed it has eliminated some dialogue from Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore to appease the Chinese authorities.
The studio has taken out clear references to Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Gellert Grindelwald’s (Mads Mikkelsen) romantic previous.
The strains “I was in love with you” and “the summer Gellert and I fell in love” formally make it canon for the primary time within the Harry Potter franchise that the beloved Hogwarts professor is homosexual and had a romantic relationship with the Dark Wizard.
The cuts quantity to simply six seconds of the movie’s 143-minute runtime, however are fairly pivotal to establishing the characters.
“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,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson mentioned in a press release to THR. “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.”
The movie’s producer and co-screenwriter J.Okay. Rowling stunned followers by revealing Dumbledore is homosexual again in 2007 throughout a fan occasion after the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The earlier Fantastic Beasts movie, The Crimes of Grindelwald, vaguely alluded to the connection, nevertheless it wasn’t till the brand new movie that the wizard expressed it clearly.
Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore opens within the U.S. this week and is to this point generating stronger opinions than the final entry within the franchise.