All Evidence Of Katherine Waterston Seems To Have Vanished From The "Fantastic Beasts" Franchise

After the conclusion of Harry's story in the Harry Potter series, the Wizarding World expanded — and took us back — to include the origin story of Newt Scamander and his studies of ~fantastical beasts~:

Warner Bros.

Care of Magical Creatures would not exist without Newt Scamander.

The first film in the franchise — Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — introduced us to a slew of new and old characters:

Warner Bros.

One of those characters is Tina Goldstein (played by Katherine Waterston), the love interest/soon-to-be wife of Newt Scamander. She's an Auror from America who's instrumental in the fight against Gellert Grindelwald.

Tina, Newt, and Jacob entering a speakeasy
Warner Bros / Courtesy Everett Collection

Needless to say, she's a pretty important character!

Warner Bros.

She's just, you know, the female lead. No big deal.

So, when the trailer for the third installment — Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — dropped ahead of its April 15 premiere date, fans noticed a glaring absence from the narrative:

Let's take a look at the poster for the first film:

The US poster for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Warner Bros / Courtesy Everett Collection

And the second:

The US poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Warner Bros / Courtesy Everett Collection

And here's the third. Notice anyone missing?

The US poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Warner Bros / Courtesy Everett Collection

It's the blatant absence of Tina Goldstein — and fans have noticed!

Tina looking sneaky and badass in front of a statue
Warner Bros / Courtesy Everett Collection

Nail on the head:

As pointed out by several users, Katherine Waterston has been open about her criticism of J.K. Rowling's inflammatory comments about the trans community:

vanityfair.com / indiewire.com

And a lot of people are wondering if Waterston speaking out about J.K. Rowling's anti-trans comments has anything to do with her absence from the Fantastic Beasts promo.

Cardi B looking at something suspiciously
@iamcardib

Now, I would be remiss to not include the fact that Katherine Waterston contracted COVID while filming the third film...but still, that doesn't explain her completely missing from the trailer and poster.

Actress Katherine Waterston attends "El Olvido Que Seremos/Forgotten We'll Be" Premiere
Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images

I guess we'll have to wait until April 15 to see how present Tina will be in the film.