Jude Law and Mads Mikkelsen Describe Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s Relationship as “Cherished and Special”

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is days away from its release, and we literally can’t wait. Anticipation has been growing, and a recent press conference with the cast only amplified it.

From what we can gather, the new film will be providing us with loads of insight into Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald’s relationship – and we’re here for it. We’ve been wanting in-depth details about these two since we first learned of their close friendship in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As it turns out, the actors did some digging of their own in order to understand this intricate relationship, and we like what they came up with.

At the global press conference that was held for the film’s release, Mads Mikkelsen (Gellert Grindelwald) and Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) discussed how they went about figuring out how to truthfully portray the relationship between the characters on-screen. Law said that he paid a lot of attention to who Dumbledore was before he knew Grindelwald. His theory is that Dumbledore was a bit of a loner because of his incredible intellect and that he felt drawn to Grindelwald because he shared it. He was someone that could understand Dumbledore at a level no one else could. Law described the time Albus and Grindelwald shared together as “incredibly cherished and special.”

Alas, that is not how it remained, and Mikkelsen suspects that the two realized they were not on the same page when it came to how they wanted to accomplish their mutual goals, and that’s where the whole relationship went sideways. For the characters, it was all the worse because of the special bond they shared.

Mikkelsen also mentioned that he and Law spent quite a bit of time together trying to figure out the characters’ complex relationship. They wanted it to be as real as possible.

Magic, we take for granted; it’s been with us since we were born. We can’t be wearing the fanboy hat and going, ‘Oh my God, this is magic’, right? So we wanted that relationship to be real, real people, real situation, real disappointment with each other.

We can’t wait to explore all of this some more when the film is released. What are your thoughts on Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship? Let us know in the comments.


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Marica Laing

Growing up, I was a massive fan of Harry Potter and my love for the stories grew as I got older. It’s no surprise then that I love writing about all things Potter related. When I’m not writing about all the magic, you’ll find me reading (probably something Harry Potter related), listening to music, or writing some songs.