A six-second cut was made by Warner Bros. for the Chinese release, “but the spirit of the film remains intact”, assures the studio.
Chinese censorship has pulled out its scissors, this time to cut into Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets. Released last weekend in China, the last part of the saga Harry Potter has been reworked, in order to erase any reference to homosexual relations in the film.
Indeed, in the history of Fantastic Beasts 3Dumbledore confirms that he was in love with Grindelwald and the two had an all-consuming passion for a few years, before now clashing.
According to Deadline, Chinese censors asked Warner Bros. to make cuts, to have the right to release the film in the country. Request accepted by the studio”to comply with local requirements. Six seconds were cut from the film, all of which refer to a past romantic relationship between Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore and the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald.” Precisely, these are two replicas, which have been submitted to “Forgetfulness”, one of which explicitly states: “Because I was in love with you”. The other includes this mention: “lsummer Gellert and I fell in love…”
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It should be remembered that homosexuality is quite simply tolerated in China, but not legally prohibited. Its “promotion” in the public space is however prohibited.
Warner Bros. thus justifies having accepted the request of the Beijing regime: “As a studio, we are committed to protecting the integrity of every film we release, and this extends to circumstances that require making nuanced cuts in order to respond sensitively to a variety of factors in the marketplace.”, the studio said in a statement. “Our hope is always to be able to release our works worldwide as they were made by their creators, but historically we have always been faced with small modifications, to be made in local markets. In the case of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets, a six-second cut was requested and Warner Bros. accepted these changes to comply with local requirements, but the spirit of the film remains intact. We want audiences around the world to see and enjoy this film, and it’s important to us that Chinese audiences also have the opportunity to experience it, even with these minor edits.”
Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets is released this Wednesday in France in theaters.