‘Fantastic Beasts’ Star Confirms Series Is Dead In the Water, as New Prequel Takes Its Place

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Newt Scamander looking for the Niffler in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

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The fate of the Wizarding World has been up in the air for quite some time, and things haven’t looked so uncertain since Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters declared war against Hogwarts and all those who stood by Harry Potter.

There isn’t one reason why Harry Potter is currently going through some turbulent times, though. Controversy surrounding Fantastic Beasts actors Johnny Depp and Ezra Miller, and the ongoing controversy with Wizarding World creator JK Rowling, have played a huge role.

Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald in 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald'
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But the trouble with the Fantastic Beasts films can be attributed to one thing and one thing only — the poor critical and box office performances of the last two installments, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022).

Last year, it was reported that Warner Bros. is apparently looking to “reset” the Wizarding World, and more recently, rumors of a “recasting” of the Harry Potter characters also emerged. But the truth is no one really knows what’s going to happen.

Newt and a Niffler in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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With that said, one of the stars of the Fantastic Beasts films recently shed some light on the future of the spin-off series, which may give us an indication as to where things are heading where all things Harry Potter are concerned — at least on the silver screen.

In a recent interview with NME, Eddie Redmayne, who plays endearing Magizoologist Newt Scamander in the three Fantastic Beasts films, offered an update. But if you’re a fan of the Fantastic Beasts series, unfortunately, it isn’t good news.

Here’s what Redmayne said:

“I mean, at the moment, there’s nothing that I’m aware of. So, as I’m aware, it’s not something that’s on the cards.”

Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
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The fact that there’s no Fantastic Beasts film in active development speaks volumes. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Or, to quote Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore himself, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” In other words, there is another Harry Potter prequel just around the corner.

In fact, open-world game Hogwarts Legacy (2023) looks like a Fantastic Beasts installment in its own right, as there’s a huge emphasis on magical creatures. And as the game is set during the late 1800s, it also serves as a prequel to the Harry Potter timeline (and that of Fantastic Beasts, too).

Check out the brand-new Hogwarts Legacy cinematic trailer below:

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While Hogwarts Legacy is based on the Wizarding World, it isn’t necessarily canon with the Harry Potter books and films and the Fantastic Beasts spin-off series. As such, it’s possible that Warner Bros. will use the game to “wipe the slate clean” and reset the franchise.

But either way, Hogwarts Legacy is on track to become the highest-selling game of 2023. Whether or not it can repair any damage made to the Wizarding World in recent years, though, remains to be seen, but it sure does look pretty magical.

Owl in Hogwarts Legacy
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Along with Simon Pegg (Phineas Nigellus Black) and Luke Youngblood (Everett Clopton), other Hogwarts Legacy actors are Sebastian Croft and Amelia Gething (the main character/Fifth Year student), Lesley Nicol (Deputy Head Professor Matilda Weasley), Kandace Caine (Divination Professor Onai), Sohm Kapila (Astronomy Professor Satyavati Shah), Asif Ali (Ravenclaw student Mahendra Pehlwaan), and Jason Anthony (Nearly Headless Nick and the Sorting Hat).

As per the official Hogwarts Legacy website, here’s the synopsis for the game:

Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, open-world action RPG set in the world first introduced in the Harry Potter books. For the first time, experience Hogwarts in the 1800s. Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. Now you can take control of the action and be at the center of your own adventure in the wizarding world. Your legacy is what you make of it.

The Grand Staircase in Hogwarts Legacy
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PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Hogwarts Legacy will be released on April 4, 2023.

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC versions will be released as planned on February 10, while the Nintendo Switch version will be released on July 25.

Do you think there should be another Fantastic Beasts film? Let us know in the comments down below!

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