Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore premiere commences

Never mind the off-screen Row (ling)… it’s premiere night! Eddie Redmayne conjures up a suave look as he joins Jude Law on Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore red carpet – after film was marred by Depp axe, Miller arrest and JK trans furore

  • Stars including Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law were in attendance for the premiere at London ‘s Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday
  • Fantastic Beasts’ release has been marred by a string of controversies in recent months including Johnny Depp being dropped from the film in the wake of his legal woes
  • JK Rowling has also been heavily criticised for her comments about the transgender community
  • The premiere also comes just hours after star Ezra Miller, who was not due to attend the premiere, was arrested at a karaoke bar in Hawaii for disorderly conduct and harassment
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is set to hit UK cinemas on April 8, 2022 with a US release following a week later on April 15 

Eddie Redmayne was every inch the suave screen hero as he led the star-studded arrivals for the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday.

The actor, who plays the heroic wizard Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter spin-off series, cut a dapper figure as he graced the red carpet alongside his co-stars Jude Law and Mads Mikkelson.

Fantastic Beasts’ release has been marred by a string of controversies in recent months including Johnny Depp being dropped from the film in the wake of his legal woes, writer JK Rowling facing heavy criticism for her comments about the transgender community, and star Ezra Miller’s arrest at a bar in Hawaii.


Leading men! Eddie Redmayne (left) was every inch the suave hero as he joined co-star Jude Law (right) leading the star-studded arrivals for the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore at London ‘s Royal Festival Hall on Tuesda

Eddie opted for a sharp black suit with a slightly longer jacket, teamed with a crisp white shirt and an enlarged white flower pinned on his lapel.

The star was accompanied by his wife Hannah Bagshawe for the red carpet, with the brunette opting for a dramatic pale blue dress with a layered skirt, teamed with chunky black lace-up boots.

Meanwhile Jude opted for a more casual ensemble, opted for a pale pink suit jacket and grey trousers, teamed with a camel scarf and a white t-shirt.


Date night: The star was accompanied by his wife Hannah Bagshawe for the red carpet, with the brunette opting for a dramatic pale blue dress with a layered skirt, teamed with chunky black lace-up boots

Smart: Eddie opted for a sharp black suit with a slightly longer jacket, teamed with a crisp white shirt and an enlarged white flower pinned on his lapel


Jovial: After arriving for the red carpet, both Eddie and Jude were seen chatting and posing for snaps together, as fans await the moment they team up on-screen to fight the villainous Grindewald

Simple: Meanwhile Jude opted for a more casual ensemble, opted for a pale pink suit jacket and grey trousers, teamed with a camel scarf and a white t-shirt


The NEW leading man! Mads Mikkelson, who has taken over the role of Grindewald from Johnny Depp, was seen posing up a storm as he made his way along the red carpet

Ready to see the film? The Danish star was in high spirits as he posed for photographers on the red carpet

The third film in the Fantastic Beasts series sees Newt Scamander assemble a motley crew of wizards and witches to try and save the world. 

The team Newt and Dumbledore have put together to include Newt’s brother Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner), professor Eulalie ‘Lallie’ Hicks (Jessica Williams), Minerva McGonagall (Fionna Glascott), and Muggle baker Jacob (Dan Fogler).

The motley crew will be joining forces to take on the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who seeks domination over the wizarding world. 

Exciting: Eddie is set to reprise his role as the titular hero Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts film series

Jovial: He and Jude were in high spirits as they posed on the red carpet together


Standing: Meanwhile the film’s female cast members didn’t disappoint, with Katherine Waterstone, who plays witch and Newt’s love interest Porpentina ‘Tina’ Goldstein, opting for a sartorial chic-inspired two-piece

SO much colour! Fiona Glascott opted for a fun pink and red jumpsuit with an oversized bow detailing as she arrived for the premiere


Flawless: The actress, who plays a younger incarnation of Professor Minerva McGonagall in the series teamed the playful look with pointed-toe black heels

While The Secrets Of Dumbledore’s male cast certainly caught fans’ attention thanks to their beloved roles, the film’s leading ladies didn’t disappoint with their glamorous red carpet looks.

Leading the pack was Katherine Waterstone, who plays witch and Newt’s love interest Porpentina ‘Tina’ Goldstein, and she opted for a sartorial chic-inspired two-piece, consisting of a sophisticated peplum top and flared trousers. 

The star styled her glossy brunette tresses into a sleek up-do as she showed off her simple and stylish ensemble.

Fiona Glascott, who plays a younger incarnation of Professor Minerva McGonagall, in the series, opted for a fun pink and red jumpsuit with an oversized bow detailing.

Busty: Maria Fernanda Candida, who stars as Brazil’s Minister Of Magic Vicência Santos, put on a busty display in a plunging black silver and gown

Bring the drama! She styled her brunette tresses into a voluminous half-up half-down style as she arrived at the famous London venue for the premiere

Maria Fernanda Candida, who stars as Brazil’s Minister Of Magic Vicência Santos, put on a busty display in a plunging black silver and gown.

Alison Sudol, who has played Queenie Goldstein in the Fantastic Beasts series, was a vision in an eye-catching yellow gown that boasted an array of dramatic frills.

The American actress’ Regency-inspired dress boasted an eye-catching print with a matching sheer scarf, puffed sleeves and belted waist.

Sweeping her blonde tresses into a sleek updo, Alison added to her look with a slightly darkened lip as she arrived for the premiere. 


Hard to miss! Alison Sudol, who has played Queenie Goldstein in the Fantastic Beasts series, was a vision in an eye-catching yellow gown that boasted an array of dramatic frills

What a colour! The American actress’ Regency-inspired dress boasted an eye-catching print with a matching sheer scarf, puffed sleeves and belted waist


Bringing the drama! Jessica Williams, who plays Professor Eulalie ‘Lally’ Hicks, donned a dramatic pink frilled gown adorned with an oversized black frill and a floral overlay

The premiere comes mere hours after the film’s star Ezra Miller was arrested at a karaoke bar in Hilo on Sunday, where they were harassing a number of patrons with belligerent behaviour.

The police were called at 11:30 PM on Sunday evening and arrested the actor on charges of disorderly conduct and harassment. 

The incident happened at a karaoke bar on Silva Street in Hilo, where Miller was reportedly hurling obscenities at a 23-year-old woman singing karaoke. 


Elegance! Maja Bloom left little to the imagination in a perilously plunging pale blue gown with a floral overlay, teamed with sparkly silver heels

Dramatic: The third film in the Fantastic Beasts series sees Newt Scamander assemble a motley crew of wizards and witches to try and save the world

Anticipated: Jude will once again reprise his role as a younger incarnation of Dumbledore


Moving on: Mads Mikkelsen (left in the film’s trailer) is set to replace Johnny Depp (right) in the film series as the villainous Grindewald, after the actor was dropped from the series in the wake of his legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard

The police arrived at the karaoke bar around 11:30 PM and placed Miller under arrest and took them into custody.

It’s unclear how long Miller was in custody for, though they posted $500 bail and was ultimately released.

Tom Felton was among one of the first stars arriving on the red carpet, as he hosted proceedings. 

The actor, best known for his role as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, grabbed a quick selfie with fans as he arrived to front the red carpet coverage.

Sporting a midnight blue suit, Tom was greeted by an army of fans as he arrived to present the star-studded red carpet event, briefly pausing to snap a selfie with a fan. 

Suited and booted: Tom Felton was among one of the first stars arriving to host the premiere for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore on London’s Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday


Entrance: The actor, best known for his role as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, took to the red carpet as he prepared to host the star-studded event



Dapper: Ahead of the premiere, Tom was seen making his way to the red carpet to host the live launch for Harry Potter fans

Say cheese! Sporting a midnight blue suit, Tom was greeted by an army of fans as he arrived to present the star-studded red carpet event, briefly pausing to snap a selfie with a fan

Also in attendance was JK Rowling, who penned the iconic book series which sparked the Fantastic Beasts spin-off series, and she cut a glamorous figure in a form-fitting navy blue gown.

The dress boasted a sparkling silver diamante neckline and a dramatic thigh-high split, and flowed into a matching cape, with JK among the first stars to arrive for the red carpet.

In recent months, JK’s statements on transgender issues were branded transphobic by some fans.


Stunning: Also in attendance was JK Rowling, who penned the iconic book series which sparked the Fantastic Beasts spin-off series, and she cut a glamorous figure in a form-fitting navy blue gown

Stunning: The dress boasted a sparkling silver diamante neckline and a dramatic thigh-high split, and flowed into a matching cape, with JK among the first stars to arrive for the red carpet

Outrage: In recent months, JK’s statements on transgender issues were branded transphobic by some fans


Backlash: The controversy surrounding her began after she tweeted about biological sex, criticising an opinion piece that used the term ‘people who menstruate’ instead of women 

The controversy surrounding her began after she tweeted about biological sex leading to backlash and a subsequent ‘cancellation’ from the trans community.

In June 2020, she took to Twitter to criticise an opinion piece that used the term ‘people who menstruate’ instead of women. She then continued with a thread discussing biological sex.

She later clarified that she respects ‘every trans person’s rights to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them,’ and went on to say she would march ‘if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans.


Speaking out: She later clarified that she respects ‘every trans person’s rights to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them,’ and went on to say she would march ‘if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans’

Claims: ‘At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female,’ she said, the Associated Press reported at the time. ‘I do not believe it’s hateful to say so’

‘At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female,’ she said, the Associated Press reported at the time. ‘I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.’

Then, in September 2020, she faced renewed calls of transphobia after it was revealed the the villain in her latest book, Troubled Blood – written under Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith – is a male serial killer who dresses as a woman to slay his victims.

In the wake of these remarks, Harry Potter actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma and Eddie Redmayne, who stars in her Fantastic Beasts films, criticised the author.

Sharp: The Secrets Of Dumbledore’s director David Yates also put on a sharp display as he arrived for the star-studded red carpet launch, ahead of the film’s UK release on Friday, April 8

Family trip: Producer David Heyman was joined by his wife Rose Uniacke, and their son, for the film’s premiere

In December, Rowling was once again forced to deny that she is transphobic as she argued for sex, not gender identity, to be the ‘basis of decisions on safeguarding’.

Last week, Rowling also accused Labour of cancelling women on International Women’s Day after their Shadow Equalities Minister refused to give the Party’s definition for ‘female’.

Anneliese Dodds said it ‘depends on what the context is’ when asked for the definition by BBC presenter Emma Barnett on Woman’s Hour.

Reacting to the comments, Rowling, 56, posted: ‘Someone please send the Shadow Minister for Equalities a dictionary and a backbone. #HappyInternationalWomensDay’

She continued in a series of tweets: ‘Apparently, under a Labour government, today will become We Who Must Not Be Named Day.’

Alongside criticising Dodds’ comment, Rowling also tweeted a picture of SNP MP Joanna Cherry alongside the caption: ‘This is what a woman who owns a dictionary and a backbone looks like.’ 



Marilyn moment! Tallia Storm channelled her inner Hollywood starlet by donning a dangerous high-split red gown with a plunging front and black platform heels

Flaunt it! The singer showed off her cleavage in the perilously plunging red gown


Family: Phillip Schofield cut a dapper figure on Tuesday evening as he joined a string of showbiz stars, arriving with his oldest daughter Molly and her boyfriend Will Grieveson

Dapper: Phillip posed up a storm for the cameras in a light grey wool blazer which he teamed with a navy top and black trousers

Mads Mikkelsen is set to take over the villainous role of Grindewald after replacing Johnny Depp.

It was announced in 2020 that the 56-year-old Danish actor would be replacing Johnny, 58, as the dark wizard after he was denied permission to appeal his libel loss in the High Court, after they found a story that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard to be ‘substantially true.’ 

Masrecently admitted he regrets not speaking to Johnny before taking over the role, adding that he didn’t know if his treatment had been fair.



Dapper: James Argent continued to exhibit his astonishing 13 stone weight loss, flashing a thumbs up to evidence his good spirits at the premiere

All smiles: The former Only Way Is Essex star showed off his finery on the red carpet, getting suited and booted in a grey buttoned-up blazer, white shirt and black tie

Couples night! Josh Denzel looked dashing on Tuesday evening as he attended the red carpet with his girlfriend Ruby Wong

Stylish: Josh dressed to impress in a velvet burnt orange blazer while Ruby wowed in a vibrant green coat

In an interview with The Sunday Times, he said: ‘I don’t know what happened [in his private life] and I don’t know if it was fair, him losing the job, but I just knew that the show was going on.

‘And I would’ve loved to have talked to him about it if I had the chance, but I just don’t know him in that sense.’

Going on to reveal he would be putting his own spin on the iconic role, he added: ‘My take is different, and the look is a little different, but we’ll have to wait for the film’s release to find out.’

The Danish star officially replaced Johnny as Gellert in the third Fantastic Beasts movie after the latter took to Instagram to reveal he had ‘been asked to resign by Warner Bros’.



Chic: Vicky Pattinson looked effortlessly chic for the evening, teaming her beaded corset dress with silver strappy heels

Poser: The former Geordie Shore star looked stunning in a beaded corset dress from Suzanne Neville as she posed up a storm for the cameras

All smiles: She accessorised with elegant earrings and a tasteful bracelet as she flashed a fresh manicure

Date night! Love Island couple Faye Winter and Teddy Soares enjoyed a couples’ outing together at the Fantastic Beasts premiere


Queen of style: Love Island star Faye, 26, flashed her toned midriff in a black cropped blazer and a matching pair of cut-out trousers as she hit the red carpet

Flawless: Faye looked incredible as she opted for a bronzed palette of makeup with a glossy nude lip while letting her blonde locks fall in loose curls to her shoulders


Stunner: Lady Amelia Windsor put on a stunning display in a glamourous glittering gown with a 90s-inspired neckline and towering golden heels just hours after she attended the memorial service for Prince Philip

Mads was said to be the top choice of director David Yates as the studio had waited to see how Johnny’s defamation lawsuit against The Sun would pan out.

When a British judge ruled in favor of the publication – which Johnny had sued for referring to him as a ‘wife-beater’ in regards to his relationship with ex-wife Amber Heard – Warner Bros. decided to sever ties with the veteran actor.

The Edwards Scissorhands star had only shot one scene of the sequel, though his ‘pay-or-play’ contract allows him to keep the full $10 million he was paid for the role.

The actor also has a defamation lawsuit against Amber in Virginia, which required him to be in court for three consecutive days in November, and would have also altered the project’s shooting schedule. 

The studio notified the production that the Kentucky-native was taken off the schedule on November 5, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a day before Depp made his resignation public.

The studio released a brief statement shortly thereafter, indicating that the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be re-cast.


Suited and booted: Suki Waterhouse’s sister Maddi flashed a hint of her cleavage in a perilously plunging red blazer and matching oversized trousers

Perfection: The blonde beauty accessorised her look with chunky gold earrings


Stars in attendance: Robert Rinder (left) attended the red carpet following his trip to Poland in the midst of Ukraine’s war with Russia, while Jordan Stephens (right) was also among the celebrities at the premiere

‘Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date,’ the statement began.

‘Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022,’ the statement concluded. 

Johnny debuted as Grindelwald with a surprise cameo at the end of 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

He returned to star alongside Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander and Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore in 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is set to hit UK cinemas on April 8, 2022 with a US release following a week later on April 15.


Vamping it up: Designer Alexa Rabago set pulses racing in a form-fitting black gown adorned with a beaded detailing, and a flowing cape and train

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