April 24, 2016
'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' Will Feature 'Harry Potter' Characters You Already Know

The second trailer for J.K. Rowling's upcoming movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has officially been released. Although the film resides in the same universe as Harry Potter, the movie takes place in a different time and setting, leaving little opportunity for crossover. Now, it appears as though a few Harry Potter characters might actually make a cameo during the movie.

According to the New York Daily News, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will include a number of characters from the Harry Potter films, though many of them will be younger versions. In fact, Dan Fogler, who portrays a muggle in the film, recently revealed that a few fan favorites will indeed make their return to the big screen.

"As the stories go along, you will see, you will hear mention of your favorite characters... You may even meet their younger counterparts along the way."
According to Slash Film, the newest trailer offered a few hints at which characters might make a cameo. This includes Albus Dumbledore, whom the trailer mentions being fond of Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander. Although he isn't featured in the trailer, there is a good chance that Dumbledore will be in the movie.

Dumbledore in 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'
'Harry Potter's' Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) [Image via Warner Bros.]After all, the setting of Fantastic Beasts is in the early twentieth century, which aligns well with Dumbledore's life. In fact, the character was born back in 1881, so he would still be fairly young in wizarding years by the time of the events in the movie.

At the same time, the trailer also featured a tone more closely aligned with the Harry Potter movies, emphasizing that the two films exist in the same world. This included the iconic Harry Potter theme music, as well as more wizarding action from the characters.

The fact that the trailer included Harry Potter references is a clear attempt to attract those fans who may not have known that there was a connection between the two films. Furthermore, it also helps to garner excitement for the film, especially if some fan favorite characters will make an appearance in the movie.

Unfortunately, the details about character cameos are slim at this point. Even still, Alison Sudol, who portrays Queen Goldstein, told the outlet that a few old characters will be in the mix, but not that many.

"I wouldn't say there are a lot, but because it is its own world and it's also so much earlier, there are people who are alive," she told the outlet.

That being said, fans will not see some of their favorite characters in the upcoming film. This includes the three main characters in Harry Potter — Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Ron Weasley — because they have not been born yet. However, that doesn't mean some of their ancestors might not pop up here and there.

'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' Offers A New Teaser For Eddie Remayne's 'Harry Potter' Spin-off [Image via Warner Bros]
The cast of 'Fantastic Beasts' [Image via Warner Bros.]Although the famous trio won't return anytime soon, Screen Crush is reporting that there are plans for at least two additional Fantastic Beasts films, which opens the door for even more crossover opportunities. Perhaps a few professors from Hogwarts will make an appearance in the film, including McGonagall and Dumbledore.

In the end, fans will likely have to wait until the movie premieres to find out which characters are returning to the wizarding world.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is directed by David Yates, while the screenplay was written by J.K. Rowling, her first time doing so for any movie. Apart from Redmayne, the movie stars the likes of Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Ron Perlman, Ezra Miller, Carmen Ejogo, Jon Voight, and Samantha Morton.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theaters everywhere on November 18.

Tell us! Which Harry Potter characters would you like to make cameos in Fantastic Beasts? Let us know in the comments and check out the latest trailer below.

[Image via Warner Bros.]