When Johnny Depp showed up as the wizard supremacist Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the seasoned Harry Potter scholars among us figured that future movies would have to bring in Dumbledore. Considering Dumbledore’s long, tortured, and at one point romantic relationship with the dark wizard, there simply wouldn’t be any way to get around it. Sure enough, it’s now been confirmed that Jude Law will play a young(er) Albus Dumbledore in the second Fantastic Beasts movie.
Entertainment Weekly has the report, which states that Law will play Dumbledore in the second movie. In the Fantastic Beasts era, Dumbledore was the Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts and a rising star in the wizarding world. His introduction almost certainly means we’ll get to find out exactly how things went down between Grindelwald and Dumbledore.
While the movie will definitely take place after Dumbledore’s unrequited feelings for Grindelwald and the childhood duel that resulted in the death of Dumbledore’s sister, Ariana, we’ll almost certainly get to see the events preceding a far more powerful duel — the one between Grindelwald, bent on the subjugation of muggles, and Dumbledore, both at the height of their powers.
Then again, that’s such a momentous event in Harry Potter history, you have to wonder if that means Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander will end up having a smaller role in future movies. A lot of time will tell — the series, originally planned as a trilogy, will now comprise five movies, with the plot and screenwriting all done by J.K. Rowling herself. We might be speculating too much at this point, but it sure sounds like Fantastic Beasts is turning from a curious side story to a full-on Harry Potter prequel series.