‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Title and Release Date Announced Today

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

The third Fantastic Beasts movie is apparently coming out after all, and sooner than expected.


Warner Bros. announced today that the movie will be titled Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, and it will come out on April 15, 2022. The movie had previously been pushed back from a late 2021 release date, and many of us were not expecting it before mid-summer.



Harry Potter fans might be delighted to find out about this… or not. It is no secret that the new saga is very divisive among the vast majority of the fanbase, and given the events from the last year and a half, including Johnny Depp’s firing as Grindelwald and J. K. Rowling’s transphobic comments, many thought it’d be the right time to put an end to the franchise, especially given the poor box office performance of the last movie.


Warner Bros. apparently didn’t listen to them, or already had too much money invested in the movie at the time. The company has probably placed the movie in the best spot right now before the summer. Sonic 2 is set to open the week before, but they probably think they can beat the crowd that movie will have, and it’s opening three weeks before Thor: Love and Thunder, enough time for the movie to make the majority of its profits. It is also opening almost a month after another Marvel release, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and a month and a half after another superhero adventure, this time from the Warner folks themselves, Matt Reeves’ The Batman.


Coincidentally, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will open the same day as Paramount’s The Lost City of D, which stars Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, as the villain, opposite Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.


Jude Law will be back to play the titular character of Dumbledore, and the movie will see the debut of Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald. There are five movies supposedly planned for this franchise, and at some point, we have to get a big fight between these two characters. If WB plans to move forward with a fourth and possibly a fifth movie, it is unlikely they will fight it off in this one, but we’ll see. The movie was described last year as a war feature, showing the role that the wizards played during World War II in this universe.


Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, and Jessica Williams will all be back. Rowling and Steve Kloves are getting screenwriting credits, and David Yates, as usual, directs the movie.