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I come not to bury J.K. Rowling, but to praise her. Harry Potter was an honest to god phenomenon, impacting my generation in roughly the same way Star Wars did for the one before us. The world she created fascinated us and the fandom was deeply invested in the story. But in her rush to expand the Wizarding World beyond Wizarding Britain, Rowling has run into the limits of her experience and knowledge. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

There's a moment near the end of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald when I realised the scene I was watching could have been the second one in the movie. Instead, it was near the end, climactic and important. Yet it took so long to get here and everything that happened prior was so superfluous to the events unfolding, it dawned on me that the latest film in JK Rowling's Wizarding World simply wasn't up to par.

Dumbledore is gay. This is a known thing in Harry Potter lore. But, when asked about how the character's love life might be portrayed in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel, director David Yates made it seem as though that part of the future Hogwarts headmaster's life will be... minimised.

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.