Before Harry Potter’s epic battle against You-Know-Who, there was the “Harry Potter” prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them“.
Although “Fantastic Beasts” hasn’t hit theatres yet, news about the wizarding franchise has been pouring in from various outlet with the latest one confirming that a major character from “Harry Potter” universe will be making an appearance in the movie sequel, “Fantastic Beasts 2”.
Dumbledore, or to be more proper, Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, was a huge presence in “Harry Potter”, so we were super stoked when director David Yates confirmed that we’ll be seeing a younger version of the Hogwarts headmaster down the line.
Yates even teased that Dumbledore and Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander will be sharing a handful of scenes together in the next film. “In the 2nd movie, Dumbledore comes back. He’s got a couple of good scenes with Newt… We’re discussing who would play Dumbledore, any suggestions would be good,” shared the director.
As Ryan Scott points out, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is set in the 1920s, Dumbledore doesn’t take over as headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry until the 1950s, so there’ll be a lot of room to explore the character during his prime years.
Recently, it was reported that Johnny Depp was cast in an unspecified role, mostly likely to be Gellert Grindelwald – the dark wizard who was once the gay lover of a young Albus Dumbledore. In their pursuit of the Deathly Hallows, Grindelwald and Dumbledore were involved in a deadly 3-way duel together with Dumbledore’s brother, Aberforth, which ultimately resulted in the death of Dumbledore’s sister, Ariana.
Casting for the younger version of Dumbledore is currently underway. We’ve already had 2 previous, older Dumbledores. Those are certainly going to be some big shoes to fill.
“Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them” will premiere on 17th November 2016.