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The first Fantastic Beasts introduced us to the American wizarding world's answer to "muggle" in the form of the ludicrous "no-maj," a term that just makes it seems like America's wizarding society was a little weird. But with the sequel The Crimes of Grindelwald heading to France, it turns out our magical linguistic world has been turned upside down.
Harry Potter has always had a weird relationship with video games, from the traditional movie tie-ins to the LEGO series. But now that the franchise has mostly stepped aside for the prequel era in Fantastic Beasts, you'd think we'd start seeing more games connected to Newt instead of Harry and friends - but the latest Potter game is Hogwarts bound!
It was only a matter of time until the wider Potterverse was brought into the quagmire of controversy surrounding Johnny Depp's major presence in the cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. But the first weighing-in from the old Potter crew has come from none other than the former Harry Potter himself.
The Fantastic Beasts franchise has had its own beast to contend with, after the controversial decision to keep Johnny Depp as the series' antagonist after allegations of domestic abuse from his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. A few weeks ago, director David Yates decided victim-blaming was his way to respond to the issue; now Harry Potter author JK Rowling herself has weighed in. Basically, she's down with Depp, too.
The casting of Johnny Depp as the big villain of the Fantastic Beasts franchise has been causing consternation from some Harry Potter fans, due to the ongoing allegations of domestic abuse levelled against Depp by his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. Director David Yates has now spoken about the issue directly after it bubbled up again thanks to the movie's official cast and title reveal, defending Depp in the most awful way possible.
When it was announced that Jude Law would be playing young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts sequel (now called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Johnny Depp's Hair), the response was largely: "That sounds fine." It wasn't rage-inducing, but it wasn't cause for an ecstatic fan freakout either. It was, well, serviceable. But executive producer David Heyman sees Law's casting as something much, much more.
Video: Though he's the hero of the Harry Potter spinoff movies, Newt Scamander is no Potter-esque hero himself. That isn't just because he's a new lead steering a new corner of the Potter movieverse in a different direction. It's also because he's quite unlike the typical heroic figure -- like Harry and countless other male genre leads -- that we see in film.
There are few things more impressive than the imagination of J.K. Rowling, and it's on full display in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Harry Potter author-turned-screenwriter has begun an exciting new chapter in her wizarding world, set 70 years before the Potter story starts (and in America!), and it very nearly reaches the heights of those stories.