Skip To Content
The Schmooze

‘The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Trailer Scrubs Female Characters From ‘Harry Potter’ World

A five-part “Harry Potter” movie spinoff based on a fictional textbook that JK Rowling wrote for charity in 2001 is something nobody asked for.

The five-movie series that began with “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” in 2016 released a trailer for its follow-up, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” out November 16, on Tuesday. And to add insult to the injurious use of the controversial Johnny Depp in the title role, the trailer features scant female characters and even fewer female speakers. Magical!

The final trailer for the blustery, blockbuster-y movie, goes like this:

First we have Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne, in the running for least-compelling-person-to-anchor-a-franchise) and Dumbledore (Jude Law) chatting about safe houses. Then Grindelwald monologuing. Then — a woman. Nope, she’s a snake. Ah yes, the old snake-in-a-woman’s-body-switcheroo. Women are snakes, heh heh!

More Grindelwald. More Grindelwald! In fact, pretty blatant use of Depp in the #MeToo era, considering the accusations against him. Then, the back of a woman’s head! Then Newt. Front of a woman’s head! Newt and Dumbledore. Grindelwald. Back of a few different women’s heads! Newt and the beloved Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler, a Yid.) Newt and Dumbledore.

Woman’s face! Gorgeous, Jewish Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange! Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) saying to Newt, “What are you gonna do?” Queenie Goldstein (Allison Sudol) crying! Zoe Kravitz saying tearfully, “Newt, you never met a monster you couldn’t love.” Grindelwald. Dumbledore. Explosions. Title card. Tina Goldstein! Newt.

And finally, credits — exclusively men, except for JK Rowling.

Even in a “fantasy” movie trailer, women get about 9% of the dialogue — all of which they say to men, about men — and a heavy association with snakes. Rowling, who’s not exactly afraid of writing major female characters, penned the movie — so we suspect the responsibility for this slug-vomit-inducing trailer lies with the otherwise entirely male list of producers, male director, and male editor.

The patronus-colored lining here is that at least we didn’t have to pay $18 plus popcorn money to see women cry, perform emotional labor for men, and turn into snakes in the movie that is singlehandedly responsible for working to pull Johnny Depp out of debt.

Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.