How 'Fantastic Beasts 3' References Dumbledore and Grindelwald's Romance

Warner Bros has confirmed on Tuesday that part of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has been cut to remove dialogue about Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Gellert Grindelwald's (Mads Mikkelsen) romance for its China release.

The studio shared that six seconds had been removed from the film in total, but claimed that its "spirit" remained the same.

Here is everything you need to know about how the Fantastic Beasts 3 references Dumbledore and Grindelwald's past relationship, and exactly what was cut.

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Jude Law and Mads Mikkelsen as Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald in "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore." The film has been cut to remove six seconds of dialogue that references the two characters' gay romance. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

How 'Fantastic Beasts 3' References Dumbledore and Grindelwald's Romance

Dumbledore and Grindelwald shared a romance when they were young and ambitious wizards, with the two parting ways over their differing opinions on how muggles (non-magical people) should be dealt with.

While the film does not directly show the two characters in the throes of romance it does see them reflect on it on occasion in The Secrets of Dumbledore.

In fact, Fantastic Beasts 3 opens with a scene shared between the two characters in which they meet for coffee and talk of their failed relationship, and the way a difference of ideology forced them to drift apart.

The scene ends with the room going up in flames before cutting to Dumbledore in Hogwarts, who was clearly thinking about the past encounter and imagining the fire while in a moment of self-reflection.

The two characters are unable to act against each other because of a blood pact they made while still in a relationship, and even the thought of betraying one another will cause them extreme pain and could lead to their death.

This is why Dumbledore recruits Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and others to his cause to help stop Grindelwald for good.

However, at the climax of the film the pair are able to face off against one another after Albus' brother Aberforth (Richard Coyle) defends son Aurelius (Ezra Miller) from a Killing Curse cast by Grindelwald and breaks the blood pact.

This causes Dumbledore and his former lover to enter a mirror dimension in which they cast spells and attack one another until they are close enough to touch.

The Hogwarts headmaster and Grindelwald hold their hands above each others hearts as they stare into each other's eyes, wands raised, clearly thinking of their past love and how much things have changed while in a stalemate.

In the end Dumbledore and Grindelwald stop their fight and the latter then flees from his former lover to fight another day.

There are also direct references to their romance made through dialogue, and it is these moments that were cut from the film for its release in China.

What Dialogue Has Been Cut From the 'Fantastic Beasts 3' China Release?

In a statement to Variety, Warner Bros said of the film being re-cut: "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."

"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."

The exact lines that have been removed, per Variety, are both said by Dumbledore, one is said in conversation between him and Grindelwald in which he said: "Because I was in love with you."

Another line that was cut from the film saw Dumbledore talk about "the summer Gellert and I fell in love."

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is out in theaters now.