Three and a half years after the second installment of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets has finally arrived, which means the marketing machine for the long-awaited film is in full swing. So far, we’ve glimpsed the return of Eddie Redmayne as adventurous magizoologist Newt Scamander, alongside Jude Law protagonist Albus Dumbledore and Mads Mikkelsen’s recast Gellert Grindelwald.
All the major actors have considered promoting the film, in fact, apart from Tina Goldstein. Played by Katherine Waterston, MACUSA Auror Tina was the female lead in both the series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016 than in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald del 2018, so it is curious that it seems to have taken an important place in the background with this third installment. The biggest secret of Secrets of Dumbledore So where did Tina go in the wizarding world?
Who is Tina Goldstein?
Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein was presented in the first Fantastic beasts as an employee of MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) who had been demoted after using magic to protect Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) from her no-major adoptive mother Mary. Lou (Samantha Morton). After meeting Newt, the couple became close friends and eventually she helped him arrest the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Colin Farrell / Johnny Depp).
With Crimes of Grindelwald , Tina had been reinstated as an Auror and joined Newt in his fight against Grindelwald in Paris. She initially felt threatened by the return of Newt’s first love, Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz), into her life, but it became clear that he only had her eyes for her (and her “salamander eyes”). Tina’s life took a dark turn, however, when her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol) joined Grindelwald at the end of the second film.
The Potter lore states that Newt and Tina eventually settle down and marry, with their grandson, Rolf Scamander, who will become Luna Lovegood’s husband.
Where is it in Fantastic Beasts 3 ?
So, given Tina’s prominent character arc and her importance to mythology, why she is being held aloof in Fantastic Beasts 3 ? To be clear, we know for a fact that Waterston shot material for this film, but we don’t know how much. Casting lists definitely rank it lower than the first two films. Also, since she didn’t even get her character poster, clearly, Tina isn’t one of the stars of Secrets .
There may be both creative and practical reasons for reducing Tina’s screen time. First of all, Crimes of Grindelwald has been widely criticized for its expanding cast of characters and myriad subplots, so the third film will have to deal with it somehow, and perhaps Tina was just a victim of that. Alternatively, Waterston may have had scheduling conflicts with her schedule for the second season of Babylon And Perry Mason by Damien Chazelle.
It is also worth pointing out that Waterston is one of many cast members from the universe of Harry Potter to denounce creator JK Rowling in the wake of the writer’s controversial views on trans topics. As other creative figures have distanced themselves from the author in recent times, it is vaguely possible that Waterston’s minor role in FB3 it’s related to his differences with Rowling, who is co-writing the film, although that’s pure speculation at this point.
The truth is, we don’t know why Tina Goldstein was MIA’s Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets until now. Perhaps it will appear in the new trailer arriving on Thursday, February 24th. The film itself will then be released in theaters on April 8.