The third instalment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise (which is a spin-off/prequel to the Harry Potter books & films), Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore takes place several years after the events of the second Fantastic Beasts film, The Crimes of Grindelwald, and will follow Newt Scamander as he undertakes a dangerous mission given to him by Dumbledore.
Where To Watch Fantastic Beasts 3 In Australia
Currently, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is available to rent or buy from Apple TV, Amazon and the Microsoft Store. Sadly, it’s not yet available on a subscription streaming service.
The Cast & Crew
Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne is reprising his role as Newt Scamander and iconic actor Jude Law is reprising his role as Albus Dumbledore. Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Callum Turner & Katherine Waterston are also reprising their respective roles from the first two Fantastic Beasts films.
The major change to casting is, of course, Mads Mikkelsen – known for his roles in Hannibal and Doctor Strange – who is replacing Johnny Depp as the franchise’s big bad, Gellert Grindewald.
Depp was infamously asked to resign from the role and film franchise by Warner Bros. because of his libel case against News Group Newspapers – which he ultimately lost – and because of the abuse allegations concerning him and his ex-wife Amber Heard.
J.K. Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter books and the first two Fantastic Beasts films, co-wrote Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore with Steve Kloves, who wrote the screenplay for seven of the eight Harry Potter films.
David Yates, who directed the first two Fantastic Beasts films and the last four Harry Potter films, directed Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
As aforementioned, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore takes place several years after the events of the second Fantastic Beasts film and is set in the 1930s (for context the first Fantastic Beasts film was set in 1926 and the second was set in 1927).
Dumbledore asks Newt Scamander to lead a group of witches and wizards on a mission; one that will force them to clash with Grindelwald’s army. The film will also explore the wizarding world’s involvement in the ‘muggle’ World War II.
What The Critics & Reviews Say
Currently, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has a 6.2 IMDb score and a critic rating of 46% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Australian Release Date
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was released in Australian cinemas on the 7th of April.