Maria Fernanda Cândido Says “Secrets of Dumbledore” Shows Young People What to Look for in Leaders

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has started to arrive in some theaters, and we can’t believe that the film is finally here after almost five years of waiting. Those in the United States will be able to watch it on April 15, and excitement is running high.

Secrets of Dumbledore sees Newt Scamander undertaking some brand-new adventures, and one of the countries we get to see more of is Brazil. The film premiered in São Paulo, Brazil, on April 5, and the glamorous event was attended by none other than Brazilian native Maria Fernanda Cândido, who plays the role of Vicência Santos. Fans also joined in the fun and dressed up as their favorite wizarding world characters in images shared on Fantastic Beasts‘ official Facebook page.

Cândido told the press that the film couldn’t have come at a better time. Brazil is slowly approaching its 2022 elections, and Cândido thinks that the film serves as a good example of what young citizens should look for in a leader before they cast their vote. She believes the film does a pretty good job of showing what you don’t want in a leader and that there are better ways to govern a country than creating division among people. She hopes that the film will encourage some healthy discussions regarding leadership and encourage people to explore what a healthy democracy can look like.



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Eduardo Lima, one-half of the graphic design power duo MinaLima, also attended the premiere. He and Miraphora Mina once again took on the job of creating stunning props, illustrations, and magical tidbits for the film, most notably the insignia of the Brazilian Ministry of Magic. Lima explained that he actually went to Rio de Janeiro for four weeks in 2019 to do some research and get a feel for the kind of artwork the studio would use. Folklore became one of their main inspirations, and we can’t wait to see how that translated into the world of the film.



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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.