The third installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise was originally supposed to get underway a couple of weeks ago, with shooting ready to kick off in Iceland before the Coronavirus pandemic forced them to hit the pause button.

As you’re probably aware, Ezra Miller remains in the country, and if it wasn’t for a major global crisis, then perhaps he wouldn’t have ended up choking out a fan in public and potentially damaged his entire career.


Of course, that incident marks the second time that the Wizarding World spinoff series has faced a very public backlash against one of the key members of the cast, with Warner Bros. also facing criticism a couple of years back for keeping Johnny Depp on board as Grindelwald, although recent developments in his court case have since swayed public opinion on the Pirates of the Caribbean star.

To many people, Fantastic Beasts has always seemed like a bit of a cynical cash-grab, with the decision to stretch a 128-page fictional textbook originally written to raise money for charity into five feature-length blockbusters viewed as an effort to wring every last penny out of the Wizarding World long after the Harry Potter movies concluded.