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Warner Bros. removes dialogue from ‘Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets’ in China


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Warner Bros. confirmed that he removed some of his dialogue from “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” to satisfy the Chinese government.

The studio announced the news in a statement, sharing that six seconds of the film had to be cut. The cuts remove direct references to the character Albus Dumbledore’s (Jude Law) romantic relationship with Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen).

“As a studio, we are committed to protecting the integrity of every film we release, and this extends to circumstances that require making nuanced cuts in order to respond sensitively to a variety of market factors,” said said a spokesperson for Warner Bros. in a report.

“Our hope is to release our features worldwide as released by their creators, but historically we have had to deal with small changes made in local markets. In the case of “Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets, “a six-second cut has been requested and Warner Bros. has agreed to these changes to comply with local requirements but the spirit of the film remains intact,” the statement continued.

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William Nadylam, David Yates, Dan Fogler, Eddie Redmayne, Victoria Yeates and Jessica Williams attend ‘Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets’ event on April 6, 2022 in New York City.
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“We want audiences around the world to see and enjoy this film, and it’s important to us that Chinese audiences also have the opportunity to experience it, even with these minor edits,” he concludes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there are two specific lines from the characters’ past romance that will no longer be shown in China. Lines include “I was in love with you” and “Summer Gellert and I fell in love”.

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A screen shows actor Jude Law and actor Mads Mikkelsen speaking via video link at the premiere of

A screen shows actor Jude Law and actor Mads Mikkelsen speaking via video link at the premiere of “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” at a cinema on April 6, 2022 in Beijing, China.
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The lines confirm that Dumbledore, a fan favorite from the iconic “Harry Potter” series, is gay and had a relationship with Grindelwald, a dark wizard.

“Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets” was released in China on April 8, just a week ahead of the film’s scheduled US release on April 15.

Reports indicate that the film topped the charts in China during its opening weekend.

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Jude Law, Mads Mikkelsen and Eddie Redmayne attend a photocall for "Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore's Secrets" in the Great Hall of Warner Bros.  Studio Tour London on March 29, 2022 in London, England.

Jude Law, Mads Mikkelsen and Eddie Redmayne attend a photocall for ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ in the Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London on March 29, 2022 in London, England.
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JK Rowling, the film’s co-writer and producer, revealed that Dumbledore was gay in 2007.

‘Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets’ is the third installment in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise, following ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ and ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’.

The trailer for the film was released in December.

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The third installment made headlines in 2020 when it was revealed that Mikkelsen would replace Johnny Depp in the film.

It’s directed by David Yates, marking his seventh film in the “Harry Potter” franchise.


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