Ezra Miller Has Some Blunt Thoughts About Criticism Of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

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Ezra Miller has been in a run of popular movies like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Justice League. As such, he's seen a lot of complaints from people on the Internet before a movie has even been released. Ahead of the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald he has some comments for the people who haven't been holding their tongues until opening night. Per Miller:

Why don't you wait until you see the film before you start talking shit on Twitter? Or wait to make up your own mind about something for once in your life. Do your own research. Make up your own mind. Follow your heart, and really, really investigate situations before you identify yourself and pick a side and start throwing things at the opposition. Because that's what's totally screwing everything up right now. And it polarizes us. We're all human, and there's a lot of things we can agree on.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is about to hit theaters. This time around, the magical franchise will be telling more of Dumbledore and Grindelwald's story, touching on the fact that J.K. Rowling wrote Dumbledore as a gay character.

Elsewhere, there's been some commentary about keeping Johnny Depp in the franchise thanks to his personal life problems, leading to plenty of people talking about the movie online. The comments haven't always been great, and Ezra Miller, who will be back playing Credence in the new movie, clearly thinks people should just go see the darn movie before they start judging the final product.

In terms of Albus Dumbledore's sexuality, previously it seemed as if Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald would not focus on Dumbeldore's sexual relationships. Then, just a few weeks ago, director David Yates said that the narrative "doesn't focus on his sexuality" but that part of the storyline will be present and is important to the character's life.

In the final trailer for the movie, we also saw Jude Law's Albus Dumbledore unsheathe the Mirror of Erised and see Grindelwald staring back at him. That moment both calls back to the desires Harry Potter saw in the mirror in the previous franchise movies and the conversation he had with Dumbledore following the use of the mirror. You can catch the moment, below.

Ezra Miller also spoke with Total Film about how moments like those are presenting "Dumbledore's queerness" to a big screen audience.

He sees Grindelwald, his young lover who's the love of his life; he sees him in the Mirror of Erised. What does the Mirror of Erised show you? Nothing more than the most desperate desire of your heart. If that's not explicitly gay, I don't know what is. I think it's also really powerful to have characters who are fascinating, dynamic people, doing magical works in the world, and that the story does not only pertain to their sexuality. People have to also take a moment and acknowledge the gift that Jo Rowling gave us by writing one of the greatest characters in literary history, one of the most beloved characters across the whole spectrum of civil society, and the beliefs and ideologies there; one of the most beloved characters; and then, at the end of writing that series, was like, 'Oh, yeah, and he's gay. What? Step to me.' She is forever a god for that.

Five movies are eventually expected to be produced in the world of Fantastic Beasts. Even if Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn't overall a love story, there may still be room to tell more of Dumbledore's story from a romantic standpoint later on. If and when that happens, it's likely Ezra Miller will have the same advice: Just watch the movie before you decide whether or not it's worth complaining about.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens on November 16.

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