‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ faces delays as start of production is pushed back to late 2019

We blame Grindelwald.

The third instalment of Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them is reportedly facing delays, after the start of production was pushed back to Autumn 2019.

The sequel to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was originally set to begin filming this summer, but Deadline reports that this has now been pushed back to late 2019 after more time was needed for pre-production of the wizard epic.

It was originally hoped that the third instalment of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off would arrive in 2020, but it’s yet to be revealed if the production delay could impact the film’s release date.

Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts 2…

Despite receiving mixed reviews, the film made a healthy $253m (£200million) globally on its opening weekend – although the figure is still the lowest opening for a Potter movie so far. 

In a three-star review, NME described The Crimes of Grindelwald as a “muddled, muggle-baffling addition”.

“Script-wise, it’s clear Rowling needs help. The dialogue is clunky, some jokes fail and characters wave their magic wands (literally and metaphorically) to get in and out of situations. In some places, it feels like chunks of the movie are missing. In others, the scenes drag”, our review stated.

“Luckily, the sheer spectacle is enough to make the bloated run time (134 minutes) tolerable. For the most part, this is a fun and visually arresting blockbuster that will keep fans happy until the next one.”