Could Dumbledore, Harry Potter’s wise headteacher, appear in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them? We’ve already thought of a few ways Albus could apparate his way into the script (five ways, to be precise), and now it looks like it might be worth betting a few galleons on the wizard’s return.
According to Screenrant, Fantastic Beasts director David Yates (who will also helm the sequel) has said a younger version of the sherbet lemon-loving teacher will appear in the next instalment: “In the second 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. [Laughs]”
So, if Dumbledore is going to appear in the next Fantastic Beasts alongside Eddie Redmayne’s Newt, who is going to play him? They’ll probably have to portray a darker Dumbledore, one that we know from Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows battled with a devastatingly powerful Grindelwald, a dark wizard who will take a role across the FIVE Fantastic beasts films.
However, it’s unlikely we’ll see the teenage Dumbledore that briefly teamed up with Grindelwald in his early years: during the events of the first Fantastic Beasts (set in 1926) Dumbledore will already be 45 years old. That’s only a decade younger than the version of Dumbledore Michael Gambon played when he visited an 11-year-old Voldemort in Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.
But the actor isn’t the most important thing here – it’s the prospect of seeing Dumbledore again that’s getting us really excited…
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is out in cinemas November 18th.