‘Fantastic Beasts 3’: How Will ‘Harry Potter’ Prequel Explain Johnny Depp’s Departure?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

There is little question that the Fantastic Beasts franchise has had its share of issues from followers being dissatisfied that the story was a prequel to a number of controversies that every one hit Fantastic Beasts 2 directly. Still, maybe none appear as dire as dropping the actor that performs their essential villain.

Johnny Depp, who performed Gellert Grindelwald, might be leaving the sequence. Depp going is an actual drawback for the story because it’s a prequel.

The story can’t simply write Grindelwald out as it’s a part of the canon that he doesn’t get defeated for 18 extra years by Albus Dumbledore. How will Fantastic Beasts 3 take care of Depp’s departure?

What occurred in ‘Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Warner Bros

In the primary film, we’re launched to Newt Scamander, performed by Eddie Redmayne, arriving in New York City with a suitcase stuffed with his magical beasts. The beasts escape, and he will get arrested by the Ministry of Magic for endangering the key that magic is actual.

When one in every of Newt’s creatures seemingly kills a U.S. senator, Scamander is accused of being in league with Gellert Grindelwald, essentially the most horrible darkish wizard of the time. Eventually, Scamander proved his innocence, recaptures the beasts and exposes that the top of The Ministry of Magic, performed by Colin Farrell, was secretly Grindelwald in disguise.

As his magic transformation spell is stripped away, we see Grindelwald’s actual face as performed by Johnny Depp as he’s arrested.

What occurred in ‘Fantastic Beasts 2′

The second film begins with Grindelwald’s escape. Grindelwald heads to Europe, the place he hopes to discover a highly effective magician to assist him conquer the world.

Scamander and former classmate Leta LeStrange, performed by Zoe Kravitz, head to Europe to search out the magician first and recapture Grindelwald. Everyone arrives in Europe, with totally different pasts and motivations, and all in search of Credence Barebone, performed by Ezra Miller.

The story ends with Grindelwald escaping seize with Scamander on his path.

How will the franchise painting Grindelwald with out Johnny Depp?

Johnny Depp at the UK Premiere of 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald'Johnny Depp at the UK Premiere of 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald'
Johnny Depp on the UK Premiere of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ | Samir Hussein/WireImage

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Fantastic Beasts 2 ends on a cliffhanger with Grindelwald escaping. Worse, it’s a part of the Harry Potter lore that Grindelwald will not be defeated till 1945 by Dumbledore (performed in these motion pictures by Jude Law).

They don’t have the choice of killing him off and making another person the grasp villain as they do in lots of sequence. The character of Grindelwald should stay, however Depp is leaving the manufacturing. So how can the character proceed with out the actor? There are two main theories.

One is the “Marvel” resolution. In Iron Man, James Rhodes (the character who would finally develop into War Machine) is performed by Terrence Howard, however for Iron Man 2, they recast the position with Don Cheadle.

How did they clarify a unique actor enjoying the identical character? They didn’t. Marvel assumed individuals would settle for one other actor enjoying the position apart from this tiny wink on the viewers; they don’t point out the change in actors.

Could Fantastic Beasts recast the half and never point out it? It’s doable however unlikely, Depp had a really distinct look as Grindelwald, and it wouldn’t be simple for the viewers to simply accept somebody new with out purpose.

The different resolution includes magic. Fantastic Beasts 3 might be set within the Harry Potter universe the place magic is actual. Grindelwald spent a lot of the first film performed by Farrell, explaining that he used a change spell.

They may conceivably recast Farrell within the half and declare Grindelwald used the spell once more to disguise himself. It even is sensible as he’s the best-known prison on the time within the Harry Potter universe and would wish to journey incognito.

Scamander did study to undo the transformation spell within the first movie, however even when they don’t wish to use that machine, a potion known as the Polyjuice Potion can make you appear like whoever you need. One of essentially the most compelling causes to see Fantastic Beasts 3 is probably not for the plot however to see how the writers take care of this sticky drawback.

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