David Heyman Teases Details for Young Dumbledore and More!
Last week, we finally got a glimpse of Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore in this video of the cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald:
— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) November 16, 2017
Law’s iteration of Dumbledore is a far cry from J.K. Rowling’s earliest description of him, which occurs in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Harry sees a much younger Dumbledore visiting Tom Riddle in the orphanage in 1937:
This younger Albus Dumbledore’s long hair and beard were auburn. Having reached their side of the street, he strode off along the pavement, drawing many curious glances due to the flamboyantly cut suit of plum velvet that he was wearing.
Executive producer David Heyman, however, told Entertainment Weekly they cast Law for reasons other than physical resemblance:
One of the reasons we chose Jude is he has many of the qualities we find in Dumbeldore in the Potter films. He’s got authority, he’s got a twinkle in his eye, he’s sometimes a bit elliptical. So you have that but also have this youthful energy and jubilance. So he brings that twinkle, mischief, authority, and power, but at the same time brings far more youthful energy to the film. You understand why he would be your favorite teacher and be someone you believe is an extraordinary wizard.
Law’s version of Dumbledore will recruit Newt Scamander and his friends to face off against his former best friend and/or lover Gellert Grindelwald in the next movie, taking the group all over the wizarding world:
We delve deeper into Jo’s wizarding world — we’re in Paris, we’re in London and New York — the world is expanding. As you can tell from the image, we’re following quite a few characters. The new film has a very different feel than the first. It’s got a thriller quality. And it’s also a story about love and passion and all its forms — paternal, romantic, political. And it’s just a thrilling and very fun adventure. We took all we’ve learned from one and just expanded that and created a richer, deeper and more thrilling film which I’m excited to be a part of.”
We’re just as excited as Heyman for the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, but we sadly don’t get to see it until November 16, 2018. Until then, be sure to show us your favorite theories about this new film!