Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is 2022 fantasy film directed by David Yates from a screenplay by J. K. Rowling and Steve Kloves. It is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), the third instalment in the Fantastic Beasts film series, and the eleventh overall in the Wizarding World franchise.

Following the pandemic setbacks and the replacement of Johnny Depp with Mikkelsen, the film’s release was pushed back to 15 July 2022, then forward to 8 April 2022 in the United Kingdom and 15 April 2022 in the United States.

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Cast and Characters

  • Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander
  • Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore
  • Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone / Aurelius Dumbledore
  • Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski
  • Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein
  • William Nadylam as Yusuf Kama
  • Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander
  • Jessica Williams as Eulalie “Lally” Hicks
  • Victoria Yeates as Bunty
  • Poppy Corby-Tuech as Vinda Rosier
  • Fiona Glascott as Minerva McGonagall
  • Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald

Other cast members include: 

  • Richard Coyle as Aberforth Dumbledore: Albus Dumbledore’s younger brother, owner of the Hog’s Head inn, and Credence’s biological father; 
  • Oliver Masucci as Anton Vogel: The current Supreme Head of the International Confederation of Wizards (ICW) and Minister of Magic for Germany; 
  • Maria Fernanda Cândido as Vicência Santos: Candidate for the post of Supreme Head of the ICW and Minister of Magic for Brazil; 
  • Dave Wong as Liu Tao, Candidate for the post of Supreme Head of the ICW and Minister of Magic for China

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Movie info

Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) 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?

  • Rating: PG-13 (Some Fantasy Action / Violence)
  • Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
  • Original Language: English
  • Director: David Yates
  • Producer: David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram, Tim Lewis
  • Writer: J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves
  • Release Date (Theaters): Apr 15, 2022  Wide
  • Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Critic reviews for Fantastic Beasts: The Secret of Dumbledore

It’s very clear, watching these movies, that they’re adapted from a branded guidebook. They have all the dramatic interest and excitement of a manual. Full Review

A.A. Dowd – The Week

This entertaining Harry Potter prequel buries memories of the Grindelwald disaster. Full Review

Richard Roeper – Chicago Sun-Times

While perhaps the best Fantastic Beasts film, The Secrets of Dumbledore remains a dour movie with lots to say but not enough imagination or understanding to say it well. Full Review

Tiffany Babb – Chicago Reader

Even taken on its own merits, its a case of a sequel too far Theres no getting away from the fact that, without Harry Potter, this (movie) doesnt seem to know where to go. Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

James Luxford –

This one may well be better than “Where to Find Them,” which was a mite busy for its own good. Kicking off a franchise can have that effect. Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Mark Feeney – Boston Globe

If the series were to fizzle out, that would be a relief. No amount of movie magic can save it now. Full Review

Shirley Li – The Atlantic

To my mind, the movie needs to be entertaining on its own. These movies are not — they’re displays of wizardry, if you forgive the pun. Full Review

Tim Cogshell – FilmWeek (KPCC – NPR Los Angeles)

While The Secrets of Dumbledore is miles from ideal, it at least clears the bar of not leaving a foul, confusing taste like its immediate predecessor. Full Review

Nguyên Lê – Inverse

It’s time to bid farewell to Dumbledore and his associates, students, proteges, and enemies. Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

James Berardinelli – ReelViews

Avada Kedavra! Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

Johnny Oleksinski – New York Post

We’re supposed to be witnessing an epic battle between good and evil, but it’s a contest between energy and entropy, and entropy carries the dreary day. Full Review

Joe Morgenstern – Wall Street Journal

Like The Crimes of Grindelwald, Secrets of Dumbledore is handsomely done but ultimately too much of a dumble-snore. And somehow, its appealing pieces, old and new, again add up to a less-than-magical movie. Full Review

Brian Lowry –

No one involved in these movies seems to have any idea what their appeal is supposed to be. Full Review

Alison Willmore – New York Magazine/Vulture

Enchantment still beckons in the third of J.K. Rowlings planned five film prequel to Harry Potter, but this flagging franchisebeset with controversies among its creative teamslogs when it most needs to soar. Full Review

Peter Travers – ABC News

The Secrets of Dumbledore has its moments, but the sum is oddly less than its parts. Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Emily Zemler – Observer

It relies on a level of knowledge about the Harry Potter cinematic universe that does not make this two and a half-hour movie easy for viewers who are not as familiar with the characters. Full Review | Original Score: B

Nell Minow – Movie Mom

We served with Harry Potter, we knew Harry Potter, he was a friend of ours. And you, Newt Scamander, are no Harry Potter. Full Review

David Fear – Rolling Stone

An alternate subtitle could be “Totalitarianism for Tykes.” Full Review | Original Score: B-

Amy Nicholson – New York Times

Third time’s a charm for the “Fantastic Beasts” series, which took three tries to — finally — produce something that feels like a complete movie. Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Chris Hewitt – Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Secrets of Dumbledore feels overstuffed as it lumbers from one plotline to another. Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Christy Lemire –

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