"Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" has been edited in China due to references to a gay relationship in the film. A total of 6 seconds was removed from the 142-minute film.
The request to edit the film was approved by Warner Bros., and the following lines were removed - "because I was in love with you" and "the summer Gellert and I fell in love".
In a statement, Warner Bros. spoke about the decision, saying, "As a studio, we're committed to safeguarding the integrity of every film we release, and that extends to circumstances that necessitate making nuanced cuts in order to respond sensitively to a variety of in-market factors. Our hope is to release our features worldwide as released by their creators but historically we have faced small edits made in local markets."
The statement added, "In the case of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,' a six-second cut was requested and Warner Bros. accepted those changes to comply with local requirements but the spirit of the film remains intact. We want audiences everywhere in the world to see and enjoy this film, and it's important to us that Chinese audiences have the opportunity to experience it as well, even with these minor edits."
"Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" has earned $9.7 million over its three-day opening weekend.