If you still haven’t seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we won’t spoil the ending (though you should go check it out on FandangoNOW). But we will say it becomes quite clear that while we’re never going to see Harry Potter in this prequel series, we are certainly going to meet some of Harry’s old friends. And we mean his old friends quite literally.
When Harry Potter, and by extension the audience, first meets Albus Dumbledore, the Hogwarts headmaster is well over 140 years old. But since the Fantastic Beasts franchise takes place in the 1920s, that gives the filmmakers the opportunity to show us a much younger Dumbledore. Specifically, we’ll see the wizard in his mid-40s. Even more specifically, we’ll see him in his mid-40s and played by Jude Law.
Variety reports the British actor has just been cast as Dumbledore in the still-untitled sequel. We don’t know how huge of a part he’ll play, but we also don’t know a whole lot of where the story is going from here. We’re about to enter a chapter in J.K. Rowling’s mythology that hasn’t been as clearly defined and is referenced in the Potter-stories more as legends and lore than hard, historical facts. That gives Rowling, who is writing the sequel, a lot of creative freedom to still surprise audiences with the real story of Dumbledore, Grindlewald, Newt Scamander and the wizarding war to come.
The sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, directed by David Yates, will hit theaters on November 16, 2018.