“Secrets of Dumbledore” World Premiere Crowd Pens Full, Fans Encouraged to Watch Livestream
Earlier this month, we learned that the world premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will take place on March 29 at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Red carpet events tend to be large shindigs packed to capacity with people coming out to celebrate the release of the newest film. Aside from press, media personalities, and influencers, the majority of the attendees are usually adoring fans who were quick enough to register to attend. While Warner Bros. invited fans last week, unfortunately, we’re learning that crowd pens are now full and registration has been closed. Organizers are now encouraging fans who missed out to watch the livestream.
Considering how long we’ve been waiting for this movie and how we’re so ready to gather in close quarters and mingle with other Potter fans, it makes sense that tickets would go so quickly.
To help quell the demand from excited fans, the Facebook Live event and the YouTube livestream for the world premiere have already been set up for our convenience and are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. BST (12:30 p.m. ET) this Tuesday. While it’s true that those who weren’t able to register in time won’t be in the presence of some of our favorite actors, the livestream promises to feature well-produced interviews with the cast and special clips from the movie.
Below, you can find the YouTube livestream of the world premiere, which you can use to view on Tuesday or set yourself a reminder:
Unfortunately for us, this year, we have one less opportunity to attend a world premiere. For previous installments of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Warner Bros. actually held two premieres in two different cities. While Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald both had London premieres, each movie also had a second premiere held in the cities where the movies took place. Since Fantastic Beasts took place in New York in the United States, a world premiere was held in New York at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center. And because Crimes of Grindelwald took Newt and the gang to Paris, France, a red carpet event was also held in Paris at UGC Ciné Cité Bercy. So why do you think that Secrets of Dumbledore isn’t getting an additional premiere like the two movies that preceded it?
We can point to two potential reasons for this slight deviation. The first and most likely reason is due to safety reasons and traveling restrictions due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The second is that Warner Bros. could be losing confidence in the franchise as a whole since the production of the film series has been tumultuous. Overall, the Fantastic Beasts movies have seen divisive fan and critical reception, recasting of its main antagonist, several delays, and a planned break in production following the release of the third installment. With both Steve Kloves, the cowriter and producer of Secrets of Dumbledore, and David Yates, director of the Fantastic Beasts movies, both working on different projects, we’re very uncertain if and when we’ll be seeing Fantastic Beasts 4. There are even unsubstantiated rumors that Yates won’t be returning to the franchise at all and that Warner Bros. is planning to drop the planned fifth movie. Considering all the mounting evidence, it’s difficult to believe that Warner Bros. still has faith that the series is profitable.
Despite all the setbacks faced by the Fantastic Beasts films, one fewer red carpet event doesn’t necessarily spell doom for the entire franchise. After all, this is simply speculation, and there’s very likely a logical reason for there not being a second premiere, like the aforementioned travel restrictions and the many uncertainties it poses at this moment.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore hits theaters in the United States on April 15.
Will you be attending the world premiere? Do you think that the Fantastic Beasts movies are in trouble? Let us know in the comments.