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Harry Potter Fans Point Out The Biggest Problem With The Fantastic Beasts Franchise

The "Fantastic Beasts" series has received a lot of backlash over the years for various reasons. Anything that J.K. Rowling attaches her name to is met with scrutiny these days, but the franchise has also suffered a lot of misfortunes due to problematic casting, poor writing, and a lack of living up to the legacy of the iconic "Harry Potter" movies. While many fans continue to support the series anyway due to their love of the wizarding world, after its most recent addition, "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore," which seriously divided critics on Rotten Tomatoes, some can no longer defend it.

Redditor u/Random10187 voiced their disappointment in the third film because they felt that it has little to do with Newt Scamander or the fantastic beasts the films are named after, who are forced to play side parts in someone else's story. They even went so far as to describe "Fantastic Beasts" as a rehash of "Harry Potter." But what do fans feel is the biggest problem with the spin-off franchise?

Fans agree that the world-building is lackluster

Jumping off from the original discussion, Redditor u/TheAmishMan added his thoughts to the thread, writing, "A huge element to me is the fact the world[-]building is terrible in them. .... The 'Fantastic Beasts' movies are literally just an older [N]ew York, where really nothing new is learned about the magical world, just a couple of very boring characters with poorly wrote [sic] story lines."

This really got the discussion rolling. Fans flocked to add their thoughts about the discrepancies between the original series' success and the spin-off series' floundering. Redditor u/The_Peregrine_ claimed that magic is too easy in "Fantastic Beasts," defending their point by stating that magic is never easy in "Harry Potter." Even for fully grown adults who are well versed in magic, it has to be handled with care and precision, which often results in multiple wizards and witches working toward the same goal. "Fantastic Beasts" throws this concept out the window completely by making every spell work flawlessly on grand scales, even in improvised situations.

Redditor u/dexa_scantron pointed out that the main characters in the original series are children, who don't understand a lot of the way the world works, yet there was still plenty of world-building involved. With the characters in "Fantastic Beasts" being adults, many of whom are experts in their fields, there's no excuse for the audience not to learn more about the wizarding world.

Fans offer fixes that will never happen

The list of world-building complaints goes on and on, but fans agree it's the main problem driving new Wizarding World content into the ground. However, many of these fans have also offered up ideas on how to make it better. Redditor u/Kokibuchek called for J.K. Rowling to take a step back and let someone else create new media based on her IP.

Redditor u/CaptainPiracy suggested more accurate movie titles using the texts that exist in the world of "Harry Potter," including "Magick Moste Evile: The Crimes of Grindelwald" and "Sonnets of a Sorcerer: The Secrets of Dumbledore." The creativity of fans who have been left unimpressed and wanting knows no bounds.

While suggestions and fixes may help disappointed fans cope, however, nothing seems to be changing over at Warner Bros. Fan fix-its will have to stay just that until higher-ups actually decide to listen.