Even though the third movie in the series debuted in July, Fantastic Beasts 4 is not apparent in the works at Warner Bros. As a precursor to the original films, the Fantastic Beasts offshoot series of the Harry Potter movies tell the tale of the magizoologist Newt Scamander as he becomes embroiled in the impending conflict between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the follow-up movie to 2016 original, appeared in 2018. The Fantastic Beasts films have all garnered mixed to negative reviews from both critics and fans, despite the Fantastic Beasts series receiving praise for its production design and visual effects.
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Fantastic Beasts series, said that there would be five films in the spinoff series, all of which would be set between 1926 and 1945, in October 2016, just before the debut of the first Fantastic Beasts movie. However, the Fantastic Beasts series has not only had a bad track record from its debut but has also been dogged by controversy. In the past year, Ezra Miller, who played Credence Barebone, has been involved in several legal disputes, including charges of felony burglary, disorderly conduct, and harassment. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp, who played the villain in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Grindelwald, was forced to leave the series following his contentious public court case with his ex-wife Amber Heard.
In the third installment of the series, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, Mads Mikkelsen took Depp’s spot. Rowling has faced harsh public criticism for her overtly anti-trans sentiments. As a result, Warner Bros. officials declared in April that they would wait to approve the fourth and fifth chapters of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore until they saw how the film did. Fantastic Beasts 4 is not currently in development, according to Variety. David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, claims that Rowling and future Harry Potter projects may collaborate, but a studio insider indicated that there are currently no active negotiations about potential Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts sequels. Whether or when production on Fantastic Beasts 4 will resume is presently unknown.
What Fantastic Beasts 4’s Theme Might Have Involved
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore debuted this summer to mixed reviews; according to Rotten Tomatoes, critics gave the movie a 46 percent approval rating. Even though the Fantastic Beasts series hasn’t been doing as well as the Harry Potter series, fans have had enough desire to support additional sequels. The third film in the series, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, brought many important narrative lines from the series to an end, leaving fans to wonder what a potential Fantastic Beasts 4 could explore. It also concluded Credence’s arc and saw Dumbledore and Grindelwald eventually engage in combat.
Despite Rowling’s original request for a five-film series, Warner Bros. was unable to foresee all the controversy that would surround the project, casting doubt on Fantastic Beasts 4’s chances. There is no doubt that controversy has contributed significantly to the popularity of the spinoff, even though some critics and fans blame the series’ poor performance on poor writing and a weak concept. The future of the Fantastic Beasts franchise is now undetermined, even though Miller and Depp are no longer a part of the Fantastic Beasts universe due to Rowling’s damaging anti-trans remarks.