It’s officially a wrap on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, muggles.
Production has finished on the latest Harry Potter prequel, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with an on-set teaser documenting Alison Sudol’s Queenie struggling mightily with a film slate. Watch the fun teaser below:
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The Crimes of Grindelwald embraces its Harry Potter roots even more than its predecessor, with a plot based around Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) joining forces with his mentor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to stop the spread of dark magic across Europe.
Opposing them is the corrupt wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who will be played once again by Fantastic Beasts’ Johnny Depp. Needless to say, his casting has caused some serious controversy within Potter fandom.
Production company Warner Bros, director David Yates and J.K. Rowling have all publicly defended keeping Depp as Grindelwald, after fans threatened to boycott over allegations of a volatile split between Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.
“Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role,” Rowling wrote to fans last month.
“As David Yates, long-time Potter director, has already said, we naturally considered the possibility of recasting. I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that didn’t happen.
“The huge, mutually supportive community that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life. For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful.
“However, the agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected. Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”
It remains to be seen whether retaining Depp will impact the box office for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which opens in cinemas on November 16, 2018.