Jude Law Has Dropped A Few Small Bombshells About Dumbledore In The New 'Fantastic Beasts' Film

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18 July 2018

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As you can probably already tell, there's currently A LOT of hype surrounding the second film in the Fantastic Beasts trilogy, The Crimes Of Grindelwald.

Only a few days ago, we were given our first look at a young Newt Scamander, in his Hufflepuff robes at Hogwarts, before he was expelled for "endagering human life".

Now, Jude Law, who is playing a young Albus Dumbledore in the film, has dropped a few small bombshells in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly about the role.


Firstly, this won't be the Dumbledore that we all grew up with!

Jude explained that when he met with J.K Rowling to discuss Dumbledore, they created a whole new persona because, well, there's a lot of time between the wise wizard between the first Harry Potter film and The Crimes Of Grindelwald.

"I had the good fortune and opportunity to sit with [author and screenwriter] J.K. Rowling shortly after we started work on it. She gave me a very good sense of Albus’ life journey and who he was and what was happening in his head and his heart and his world for this particular story."

Director David Yates also told the actor that there wasn't any need for him to imitate the Dumbledore's that Richard Harris, who played the wizard in the first two Harry Potter films, and Michael Gambon created in the first franchise.

"I talked with [director] David Yates about that and we both decided that it wasn’t necessary to do an impersonation of one of them as a younger man. This is a man with almost 100 years ahead of him before he became that character so we wanted to look at who he was in this moment and construct our own version.

"There’s a sense of humor and mischief, a dash of anarchy, a sense of what’s right and what he believes in, and a sense of mystery. There’s also how he comes around to get people onto his way of thinking — which is rather indirectly. He also has a certain heaviness about him that I don’t want to reveal too much about — and that’s something he has to overcome, or hopes to overcome. He’s also got a great passion for sharing his knowledge, he’s a powerful and inclusive teacher."


Speaking of Dumbledore as a teacher, in the Harry Potter world, it's well-known that before he became the headmaster of Hogwarts, the wizard taught transfiguration.

In the first image we saw of a young Newt, Dumbledore was standing beside him, teaching him something in a classroom.

Jude has now confirmed that in this film, Dumbledore was not actually teaching transfiguration, and although he didn't disclose what the wizard WAS teaching Newt and the other students in the image, we have a feeling that it's a class we all know a little too well... Defence Against The Dark Arts!

"At this stage in his career, he’s not. I’m not sure I’m allowed to say what he teaches…"

Finally, there won't be any particular references to Dumbledore's sexuality in The Crimes Of Grindelwald, something that the Harry Potter fandom has been VERY vocal about in the past.

"Jo Rowling revealed some years back that Dumbledore was gay. That was a question I actually asked Jo and she said, yes, he’s gay. But as with humans, your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you; he’s multifaceted.

"I suppose the question is: How is Dumbledore’s sexuality depicted in this film? What you got to remember this is only the second Fantastic Beasts film in a series and what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them to the heart over time.

"You’re just getting to know Albus in this film, and there’s obviously a lot more to come."

You can read the full interview here.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald comes out in November this year.


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