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"Answers are given."
J. K. Rowling's three-word description of the film[src]

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the third instalment in the Fantastic Beasts film series, following Crimes of Grindelwald. It is set to be released on 15 April 2022.[3]


Professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?


Very little is known about the plot of this film. J. K. Rowling has commented, via her Twitter account, that we will see the "true glory" of Ilvermorny Professor Eulalie Hicks (played by Jessica Williams, who was introduced in the preceding instalment) in Fantastic Beasts 3.[4] It has been suggested by a series of other Tweets by Rowling that this film might be set, at least partially, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; in an interview in February 2019, actor Dan Fogler also mentioned the film being set in Brazil.[5] Also from set pictures and other sources, the film will be set in multiple locations, such as Berlin[6], China[7], and Hogsmeade - Richard Coyle changed his location on his Twitter bio to 'Hogsmeade', and the Fantastic Beasts fansite mentioned one of the few locations is the 'Hogs Head Pub'.[8]

When asked to describe the third Fantastic Beasts film in three words, J.K. Rowling said "Answers are given".[9] Dan Fogler described the film as a set-up for World War II, suggesting that the film is set at some point before September 1939.[10]

J.K. Rowling stated in an interview that she was using something from China in the next film, and she also stated that it has something to do with Chinese mythical creatures.[11]

When asked about how Aurelius Dumbledore fits into the Dumbledore family tree by Empire Film Podcast, David Yates responds with "there's a very intricate, lovely beginning of FB3 that we discover a few things about the [Dumbledore] family."[12]

In an interview with Score: The Podcast, James Newton Howard mentioned that "I think it's by far the best one, it's really good. Mads Mikkelsen is playing Grindelwald, he's so great, and it's just great. It's full of magic, and scary stuff, and romantic – it's just really fun." He also said he sent David Yates close to 2 hours of music with a couple notes.[13]

Deadline reported on 7 October 2021 that "The David Yates-directed Fantastic Beasts threequel is due in April next year — and the BTS scenes shown in Spain included a quick glimpse of Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald. The story picks up in the 1930s, a little after the events of the previous film and will take place in such far-flung locales as Bhutan, Germany, the US, the UK and China. Evoked were new creatures, old favourites, more magic and even a peek back into Hogwarts."[14]



J. K. Rowling has commented on her Twitter account that she was done writing the script to Fantastic Beasts 3 on 10 December, 2018.[15] Upon reports that the film's release date was pushed from November 2020 to one year later, November 2021, comments from actor Eddie Redmayne at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019 suggested that production was waiting on Rowling to finish working on the script.[16]

Whereas J. K. Rowling was the sole writer for the first two films in the franchise, Steve Kloves, who served as screenwriter for all Harry Potter films except Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, will serve as a co-writer for Fantastic Beasts 3 with Rowling.[17] The final credit was approved by the Writer's Guild of America in June 2021: screenplay by Rowling and Kloves, based on a screenplay by Rowling.

On 22 September 2021, the title and new release date was revealed.[3]

On 29 September 2021, it was announced that Ireland and Great Britain will be getting the movie a week earlier, on 8 April 2022.[2]


Filming was set to begin on 16 March 2020 in London, but was postponed due to growing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.[18] Filming commenced on 20 September, 2020.[19] In November, Johnny Depp announced that he agreed to step down from his role of Gellert Grindelwald when asked to by Warner Bros. after he lost a domestic-violence related libel lawsuit in the English court system. Warner Bros. then announced the role would be re-cast and that the film had once again been delayed, this time to summer 2022[20]. A new date of 15 July 2022 announced the following day.[21]A few weeks later on November 25, 2020, Warner Bros. confirmed that Mads Mikkelsen (who'd been rumoured to have taken the role) would play the role of Grindelwald.[22]

In January 2021, British actor Richard Coyle said in an Instagram Q&A that he had been cast in the film and had been working on in it since September. However, he also said he was not allowed to disclose any details.[23] That May, the Fantastic Beasts Movie fansite reported from personal sources that he would be playing Aberforth Dumbledore but this has yet to be officially confirmed. However, he subsequently changed his Twitter location to "Hogsmeade".[24]

On 11 February, German actor Oliver Masucci said in an interview that he'd been cast as the Head of the International Confederation of Wizards. Two days later on 13 February 2021,BedfordshireLive reported that a Major new Warner Bros movie was to be filmed in a village in Bedfordshire. Warner Bros sent out letters to residents of the village that filming would take place between 18 February and 5 March of a "feature film".[25] Sometime after in February, James Newton Howard confirmed that filming had concluded and he started work on the score.[1]

Later in May 2021, English actor Emilia Karlsson was added to the film's IMDb page as "Ministry Guest". A fluent German speaker, she is also credited as an on-set translator.[26] Also in May 2021, Warner Bros. announced that Kevin Guthrie, who starred as Abernathy in the previous two films in the series had been fired from the project before production had started when he was charged for a sexual assault that happened in 2017. Due to the lack of official information on the film, it's unclear what will be done with the character.

In a July 2021 interview,[27] David Yates told the University of Essex that "on the latest film he's taken out 3, 4, 5 lovely scenes that we nurtured and cherished and shot and edited, put visual effects in, and you suddenly you reach that moment where you realise the story survives without it, and can actually thrive without the scene, is actually probably better without the scene when you remove it and it’s a process always of just trying to find the best version of the story possible." He also said that 15 July 2022 is still the planned global release date for the film. Later in the same week, the Portus fansite reported from a source that the film would be conducting its pre-planned reshoots the following month.[28]

In September, Wilf Scolding was added to the film's IMDb page as "Workman".[29] Later on in the month, Warner Bros. put out a press release announcing the film's title, synopsis, and new release date of 15 April.

The film is currently in post-production.



This film is scheduled to be released on 15 April 2022.[3]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Composer James Newton Howard On Penning ‘News Of The World’s “Broken” Western Score & Returning To Disney Animation With ‘Raya And The Last Dragon’
  2. 2.0 2.1 Twitter favicon.png FantasticBeasts on Twitter: "The Secrets of Dumbledore will release in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on April 8, 2022"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Twitter favicon.png Fantastic Beasts on Twitter: "#FantasticBeasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore in theatres April 15, 2022."
  4. Twitter favicon.png J. K. Rowling on Twitter: "You only see a HINT of Lally in Fantastic Beasts 2. Her true glory is revealed in FB3."
  5. Alexander, Thomas (7 February 2019). "Exclusive Interview: Dan Fogler on the return of The Walking Dead, Brooklyn Gladiator and Fantastic Beasts 3". HeyUGuys. Retrieved on 2 November 2019.
  6. 'Fantastic Beasts' 3 may also take place in Berlin, Germany, says Stuart Craig
  7. I think I’ve got some night shoots in Watford, in Leavesden, England, that we were meant to shoot in the summer in water,” Redmayne says. “But now obviously because of lockdown, and the film shutdown, they’re being shot in early December. And suddenly you find yourself swimming outdoors in British winter.”
  8. Locations: Hogsmeade, Hog’s Head pub
  9. Twitter favicon.png J. K. Rowling on Twitter: "'Answers are given.'"
  10. Dan Fogler Teases Hagrid's Appearance In Fantastic Beasts 3
  11. J.K. hinting Fantastic Beasts 3 backstory
  12. The Empire Film Podcast, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Spoiler Special (ft. David Yates and David Heyman)
  13. Score: The Podcast S4E10 | James Newton Howard says be great at making a demo
  14. Warner Bros Rolls Out Update On ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’, Rocks With ‘Elvis’ – CineEurope
  15. Twitter favicon.png J. K. Rowling on Twitter: "@ElisabethNeveux That's a very lovely thing to hear on the day I finish writing the next one. Thank you!"
  16. Carbone, Gina (September 2019). "Eddie Redmayne Has An 'Exciting' Fantastic Beasts 3 Filming Update". CinemaBlend. Retrieved on 2 November 2019.
  17. Whitten, Sarah (November 4, 2019). ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ will be co-written by ‘Harry Potter’ screenwriter after ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ flop. CNBC. Retrieved on 2019 November 5.
  18. Fantastic Beasts 3 filming postponed due to coronavirus
  19. Eddie Redmayne confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 filming has resumed and describes the new normal on set
  20. Fantastic Beasts 3 Release Date Delayed to 2022
  21. Crew Members Inside Production Confirm That Mads Mikkelsen Is Replacing Johnny Depp as Grindelwald
  22. 22.0 22.1 Mads Mikkelsen confirmed to play Gellert Grindelwald in third Fantastic Beasts film
  23. 23.0 23.1 Richard Coyle joins the Fantastic Beasts 3 cast
  24. Twitter favicon.png Richard Coyle's official account on Twitter
  25. Major new Warner Bros movie to be filmed in Bedfordshire village
  26. 26.0 26.1 'Emilia' on backstage.com
  27. Twitter favicon.png The Rowling Library on Twitter: "Zoom session with David Yates"
  28. Twitter favicon.png Portus on Twitter: "Some Billywigs told us that #FantasticBeasts3 reshoots are set to start next month."
  29. IMDb favicon.png Wilf Scolding at the Internet Movie Database
  30. I just presented David Yates with the first six reels of Fantastic Beasts 3
  31. Johnny Depp Leaves Role Of Grindelwald For Fantastic Beasts 3
  32. IMDb favicon.png Jeremy Azis at the Internet Movie Database
  33. IG favicon.PNG Post by Poppy Corby-Tuech on Instagram
  34. "Rumour: Richard Coyle Is Playing Aberforth Dumbledore In Fantastic Beasts 3"
  35. It’s official. Our Aberforth, everybody., on Reddit (r/FantasticBeasts)
  36. 'Oliver Masucci wird zum Chefzauberer' on stuttgarter-nachrichten.de/
  37. Twitter favicon.png Maura Leamy on Twitter: "Dave Wong has been cast in a currently unknown role in Fantastic Beasts 3"
  38. Twitter favicon.png The Rowling Library on Twitter: "Paul Parker will play the role of Vogel's bodyguard in Fantastic Beasts 3"
  39. IMDb favicon.png Emilia Karlsson at the Internet Movie Database
  40. Twitter favicon.png Maura Leamy on Twitter: "Actor Eugene Lin is playing the role of a "Tao Supporter", as well as a Ministry Dinner Party guest in Fantastic Beasts 3"
  41. Production name article
  42. Twitter favicon.png Fantastic Beasts on Twitter: "The Origins Of Albus Dumbledore"
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