The Movie That Killed A Franchise

The Honest Trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore makes the case for the film being the last Wizarding World installment for a while.

The Honest Trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore makes the case the film killed the franchise. After wrapping up the mainline Harry Potter movies in 2011, Warner Bros. and JK Rowling looked to continue the property’s big screen exploits with prequel/spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Released in 2016, the first fantastic beasts grossed $814 million worldwide and paved the way for an all-new series set in the Wizarding World. It was said fantastic beasts was envisioned as a five-part story, but since then the franchise has lost much of its appeal.

A combination of poor word-of-mouth and personal controversies concerning Rowling and fantastic beasts star Johnny Depp led to 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald seeing diminishing returns with $654.8 million worldwide. Even though there seemed to be decreasing interest in the franchise, WB forged ahead with a third movie, this year’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. Even though it received slightly more positive reviews than its predecessor, Secrets of Dumbledore had the lowest Harry Potter box office opening ever. This has led to speculation the series is now dead in the water, an assessment Honest Trailers agrees with.


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Screen Junkies shared the latest entry in their trademark Honest Trailers series, which targets Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. The video speculates this will be the last Wizarding World movie to come out for a while. Check out the Honest Trailer in the space below:

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While presented in Honest Trailers’ typically humorous approach, the critiques point out multiple reasons why the fantastic beasts series has failed to capture audiences’ imaginations a la Harry Potter. The overarching story’s focus on wizard politics combined with unmemorable characters (Newt’s unimportance to the plot is highlighted) stripped the franchise of what made it special in the first place. Perhaps the most damning indictment of Secrets of Dumbledore is the bit in the Honest Trailer where the narrator is uncertain if some supporting characters appeared in the previous installments, illustrating how little impact the new cast has made in the zeitgeist when compared to the Harry Potter ensemble. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are still beloved by audiences (see: the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary special), while Newt and his companions are forgettable.

WB has yet to announce what will become of fantastic beasts 4. With the series struggling to maintain a large enough audience at the box office, there’s arguably little incentive to greenlight another sequel (which would cost in the $200 million range to produce). Some have made the case it would be smarter to make a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie adaptation, which would capitalize on the nostalgia of seeing Harry, Ron, and Hermione returning on the big screen. Harry Potter is too large a property for WB to keep it on the shelf forever, so they’ll likely come up with something in an attempt to rebound from Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.

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Source: Screen Junkies

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