Legend has it that those “Harry Potter” movies are still going, without the entire Harry Potter part. If you search your memory, you might recall a light-hearted American adventure with a strange guy named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and the occasional magical creature. If this is starting to ring a bell, it’s probably because the Wizarding World prequel series “Fantastic Beasts” once held a place in the hearts of fans, when it first arrived with its wondrous beasts in tow. But around its second entry, it pivoted to exploring the backstory of a handsome young Albus Dumbledore, reconfiguring the past and sadly shoehorning in Nazi references. So he’s forgiven if he locked the franchise out of his brain before the release of the third movie. Because among the few things that people all over the world can agree on, forgetting “Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets” seems to be one of them.
After debuting in mid-April, “Dumbledore’s Secrets” limped into theaters with a record-low opening weekend gross for the franchise. Things started badly, with the film grossing $43 million domestically, which was a drop from the $62.1 million the previous film earned in its opening weekend. For various reasons (and there are many), moviegoers don’t flock to the screens to find out what Dumbledore has been hiding. When the movie first hit theaters, they were too busy vibing with the wholesome stories of a young hedgehog. Now the need for speed continued with a new chosen one. But for anyone who wants to at least get a glimpse of Jude Law’s handsome bearded visage, “Secrets of Dumbledore” made its streaming debut on HBO Max on Monday, May 30, after about six weeks in theaters. To celebrate, Warner Bros. released the first 10 minutes of the film on YouTube, which you can watch below.
Opening scene of Dumbledore’s Secrets
A Hogwarts professor and a fascist wizard walk into a bar…and by the looks of it, make sure “Dumbledore’s Secrets” doesn’t waste any time before dropping some truth bombs. There’s one secret in particular that fans have been interested in for a while, so the franchise takes a big step forward with Dumbledore’s admission to Grindelwald: “He was in love with you.” But the news is barely a focal point before their discussion of philosophy sets their mind palace meeting space ablaze. But at least we get a glimpse of some fantastic beasts. The second scene sees Newt traipsing across the desert to help a scaly deer-like creature (a Qilin) give birth to twins, only to be attacked by pesky fascist wizards and escape with only one of the babies. As for what’s next, here’s the synopsis for the film, directed by Wizarding World veteran David Yates:
Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows that the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to take control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead a fearless team of wizards, witches and a brave Muggle baker on a dangerous quest, where they encounter beasts old and new and clash with the growing legion of followers. of Grindelwald. But with so much at stake, how long can Dumbledore stay on the sidelines?
Whether or not this marks the end of the “Fantastic Beasts” adventures has yet to be announced, although five films were planned, the response reportedly caused Warner Bros. to pause.
“The Secrets of Dumbledore” is now available to stream on HBO Max.