The Fantastic Beasts Franchise Has A Real Problem And It Isn't A Secret


With early reviews for "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" pouring in, it's grown clearer than ever that change is needed in the Wizarding World. Warner Bros. would do well to reassess who should sit in the director's seat if it wants to save the franchise's place in pop culture.

Director David Yates’ dark visual style may have worked back when he was directing "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," but his visual style for the "Fantastic Beasts" movies has been blandly dark. Yates doesn’t have fan-favorite locations like Hogwarts or the Burrow to work with anymore, and he has failed to come up with new locations and characters to make up for it.

The first four “Harry Potter” had three different directors, so the franchise always stayed visually lively. In installing David Yates as the Wizarding World's only director for so long, Warner Bros. has stopped innovating what magic looks like, sounds like, and feels like, and a lot of people think it’s time for a change.