Gay content removed from Secrets of Dumbledore in China while movie underperforms worldwide
The latest entry into the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, has been edited for the Chinese market with any mention of Dumbledore and Grindewald’s gay relationship removed. All this while people seem to be voting with their feet and staying away in droves.
While it only amounts to a 6 second difference, people are furious with Warner Bros for succumbing to the editing out of positive representation of a queer relationship in China. This isn’t the first time this has happened and won’t be the last.
The movie arrives at a tumultuous time for the franchise. First of all the movie stars Ezra Miller who was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and harassment in Hawaii recently. Then you have the fact that Johnny Depp has just begun a case in Virginia where he is accusing ex-wife Amber Heard of defamation which is intrinsically linked to the case he lost in the UK where he sued The Sun for an article where he was described as a ‘wife beater’. He lost the case and was replaced in Fantastic Beasts by Mad Mikkellsen.
THEN there’s the real kicker. JK Rowling and her poisonous anti-trans rhetoric. While this is all going on AND thousands took to the streets to protest the UK Government’s decision to remove trans people from the ban on conversion therapy, she decided to host a luncheon for practically every TERF out there including the founder of the hate group LGB Alliance and a few gender critical MPs.
They were launching some new drive to make trans people feel unwelcome that we won’t be reporting about here. One look at the group though would tell you how a bunch of out of touch middle aged women telling young trans kids who they can and cannot be is not a great look. Which none of them seemed to be able to muster either, incidentally.
Of course this will affect box office sales as Rowling decimates her own legacy with fans of the series deciding wether or not they even want to buy into it anymore. Add to this the fact that the reviews have been middling, the ongoing pandemic and the numbers aren’t great, only making $58million internationally so far when the first one made three times that. The movie comes out on April 15 in the US, it’s biggest market, so it will be interesting to see what impact this has all had on the overall box office numbers. The fourth film in the franchise currently has no script and is not even greenlit by Warner Bros, who will be watching very closely, even if JK Rowling isn’t.