She is losing American readers because she attacks transgender people, but she’s doing well in China, where the dialogue about Dumbledore being gay was removed from the film.
According to studio estimates, a new Fantastic Beasts spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, had the worst opening weekend in the history of the Harry Potter franchise. Dumbledore’s relationship with Grindelwald was restricted in China, where the movie had a high showing.
Confrontation with transgender women and domestic violence charges against Johnny Depp’s former co-star Ezra Miller have tarnished the series, as has the author’s continued attacks on transgender women.
Based on J.K. Rowling’s 2001 novel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released in 2016 as a prequel to the hugely popular Harry Potter series.
Miller plays Credence Barebone. As Credence Barebone, Miller was detained at a Hawaii club. In April of 2020, during a moment when most of the world was on high alert, a video emerged showing Miller choking a woman in an Icelandic pub. They allegedly shouted obscenities, attacked a darts player, and seized a microphone from a woman singing karaoke because they didn’t like her choice of Lady Gaga song. Not sure whether they were making fun of them or not, but the man filming them stated, “Wah, bro. Woah.” Filming halted when “Brother” was said, and the camera was turned off.
Allegations of domestic violence led to Depp’s dismissal from the Grindelwald role. He’s said the claim is false. As a result of Rowling’s anti-transgender remarks, her future films in the series are in peril. The fourth and fifth films in series have yet to begin production, and Warner Brothers have set no release dates.
In 2016, Rowling was still best known as the author of one of the world’s most popular series of books. It wasn’t until late 2019 that she put an end to all speculation and tweeted her support for an anti-transgender activist that there was any doubt.
It’s been a long time since she hasn’t been bashing transgender people, writing great essays disparaging them, and repeating ridiculous conspiracy theories about kids being pressured into transitioning.
Rowling has become camera-shy as a result of the response. The Secrets of Dumbledore premiered in London, but she declined to meet the press or pose for pictures with the cast. A lack of media coverage and social media posts suggests she isn’t actively promoting the film, which contrasts with how she has helped market past movies based on her books. She also doesn’t appear to have announced the global premiere to her 14 million Twitter followers.
Rowling has not been openly endorsed or denounced by Warner Bros. The Harry Potter cast has widely condemned the author’s comments on transgender individuals.
The film grossed $43 million domestically and $193 million worldwide on its opening weekend. Without the additional costs of publicity, distribution, and promotion, it cost $200 million to make.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to the Find Them makes $74 million in its first weekend in the United States and made $814 million worldwide.