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Warner Bros. defends cutting Fantastic Beasts 3 references to Dumbledore’s homosexuality from China release

Warner Bros. defended Dumbledore’s decision to stop talking about homosexuality in Fantastic Beasts 3 from the start of the movie’s release in China.

According to Variety, Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secret 6 seconds has been removed. Most of them are conversations suggestive of a romantic past between Dumbledore as Jude Law and Grindelwald as Mads Mikkelsen. Dumbledore’s sexuality was first revealed by JK Rowling in 2009, while the latest installment in the Harry Potter franchise received screen recognition for the first time.

Two main cuts were made. The first cut comes at the beginning of the movie when Dumbledore says “I was in love with you” to Grindelwald. The second is when Dumbledore once again admitted his love for Grindelwald, later saying that “over the summer, Gellert and I fell in love.”

Warner Bros., the studio behind the Harry Potter series, made the cut at the request of the Chinese government. “As a studio, we are committed to maintaining the integrity of all the films we release, including those that require subtle editing to be sensitive to various market factors,” Warner Bros. said in a statement. “Our hope is to release a feature released by a creator globally, but in the past we had to make some changes in the local market.”

“For ‘Fantastic Beasts’, we requested a six-second cut and Warner Bros. accepted these changes to meet local requirements, but the spirit of the film was maintained. We want to enjoy it, and it is important that the Chinese audience have the opportunity to experience it even with these small changes.”

Homosexuality is legal in China, but people in same-sex relationships do not enjoy the same benefits as heterosexual couples. For example, same-sex couples are not allowed to marry or adopt, and while China does not have anti-discrimination laws to keep LGBT+ people safe, hate crimes based on sex are not banned.

Over its opening weekend at the Chinese box office, Dumbledore’s Secret earned $9.7 million despite severe theater closures due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in theaters in the UK and in US theaters from April 15th. If you’ve seen the movie, you can read the ending of Fantastic Beasts 3 and an explanation of why Katherine Waterston’s role was so negligible. You can also look forward to Fantastic Beasts 3 of the Future on HBO Max.


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Warner Bros. defends cutting Fantastic Beasts 3 references to Dumbledore’s homosexuality from China release

Warner Bros. has defended its decision to cut dialogue referencing Dumbledore’s homosexuality in Fantastic Beasts 3 from the movie’s release in China. 
According to Variety, six seconds of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore have been removed – mainly dialogue alluding to a romantic past between Jude Law’s Dumbledore and Mads Mikkelsen’s Grindelwald. While Dumbledore’s sexuality was first revealed by J.K. Rowling back in 2009, the latest installment in the Harry Potter franchise marks the first time it has been acknowledged on screen.
Two significant cuts were made: the first comes towards the beginning of the movie, when Dumbledore tells Grindelwald “I was in love with you”. The second comes later, as Dumbledore once again acknowledges his love for Grindelwald, saying: “The summer Gellert and I fell in love.”
Warner Bros., the studio behind the Harry Potter franchise, made the cuts at the behest of the Chinese government. “As a studio, we’re committed to safeguarding the integrity of every film we release, and that extends to circumstances that necessitate making nuanced cuts in order to respond sensitively to a variety of in-market factors,” Warner Bros. said in a statement. “Our hope is to release our features worldwide as released by their creators but historically we have faced small edits made in local markets.”
The statement continues: “In the case of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, a six-second cut was requested and Warner Bros. accepted those changes to comply with local requirements but the spirit of the film remains intact. We want audiences everywhere in the world to see and enjoy this film, and it’s important to us that Chinese audiences have the opportunity to experience it as well, even with these minor edits.”
While homosexuality is legal in China, people in same-sex relationships do not have the same benefits as heterosexual couples. Same-sex couples are, for instance, not allowed to marry or adopt, and China has no anti-discrimination laws to provide safety for LGBT+ people, with hate crimes based on sexuality not being outlawed.
Over its opening weekend at the box office in China, The Secrets of Dumbledore made $9.7 million despite severe cinema closures due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. 
Fantastic Beasts 3 is in UK cinemas now, and US theaters from April 15. If you have seen the movie, you can read our explainers on the Fantastic Beasts 3 ending and why Katherine Waterston’s role was minimal. You can also expect Fantastic Beasts 3 on HBO Max in the future.

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Warner Bros. defends cutting Fantastic Beasts 3 references to Dumbledore’s homosexuality from China release

Warner Bros. has defended its decision to cut dialogue referencing Dumbledore’s homosexuality in Fantastic Beasts 3 from the movie’s release in China. 
According to Variety, six seconds of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore have been removed – mainly dialogue alluding to a romantic past between Jude Law’s Dumbledore and Mads Mikkelsen’s Grindelwald. While Dumbledore’s sexuality was first revealed by J.K. Rowling back in 2009, the latest installment in the Harry Potter franchise marks the first time it has been acknowledged on screen.
Two significant cuts were made: the first comes towards the beginning of the movie, when Dumbledore tells Grindelwald “I was in love with you”. The second comes later, as Dumbledore once again acknowledges his love for Grindelwald, saying: “The summer Gellert and I fell in love.”
Warner Bros., the studio behind the Harry Potter franchise, made the cuts at the behest of the Chinese government. “As a studio, we’re committed to safeguarding the integrity of every film we release, and that extends to circumstances that necessitate making nuanced cuts in order to respond sensitively to a variety of in-market factors,” Warner Bros. said in a statement. “Our hope is to release our features worldwide as released by their creators but historically we have faced small edits made in local markets.”
The statement continues: “In the case of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, a six-second cut was requested and Warner Bros. accepted those changes to comply with local requirements but the spirit of the film remains intact. We want audiences everywhere in the world to see and enjoy this film, and it’s important to us that Chinese audiences have the opportunity to experience it as well, even with these minor edits.”
While homosexuality is legal in China, people in same-sex relationships do not have the same benefits as heterosexual couples. Same-sex couples are, for instance, not allowed to marry or adopt, and China has no anti-discrimination laws to provide safety for LGBT+ people, with hate crimes based on sexuality not being outlawed.
Over its opening weekend at the box office in China, The Secrets of Dumbledore made $9.7 million despite severe cinema closures due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. 
Fantastic Beasts 3 is in UK cinemas now, and US theaters from April 15. If you have seen the movie, you can read our explainers on the Fantastic Beasts 3 ending and why Katherine Waterston’s role was minimal. You can also expect Fantastic Beasts 3 on HBO Max in the future.

#Warner #Bros #defends #cutting #Fantastic #Beasts #references #Dumbledores #homosexuality #China #release


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