Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them director David Yates recently confirmed to Reuters that Harry Potter fans would indeed see the beloved headmaster. However, Dumbledore’s appearance won’t happen right away.
“There is a mention of some characters that we know and love from previous movies, but we only talk about them fleetingly. In the next movie, part two, we’ll get to meet one of them in a significant way. He’s much younger than he used to be, but he’ll be coming back.”
He did not mention Dumbledore explicitly but fans were quick to guess. Newt Scamander, the film’s main character, was expelled from the renowned Hogwarts the same time Dumbledore started working for the school.
Many are excited at the prospect of seeing Dumbledore again. He’s one of the well-loved characters from the series because of his cleverness. Some also likened him to a “wise grandfather figure.”
Even Ariana Grande proved that she’s a fan of the wizard. The 23-year-old songstress recently took to Instagram to flaunt what seemed like an ordinary denim jacket. When she twirled around in the video, an embroidered patch of Dumbledore was revealed. “Muggle in the streets, wizard in da sheets,” she captioned the video
The elaborate work was created by DirtyNeedleEmbroidery that specializes in handmade custom patches.
The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel’s confirmed release date is November 16, 2018. Yates will still direct the film. The director is deemed a “Potter expert” after working on four Harry Potter films: Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince, and the two Deathly Hallows films.
The sequel’s script, courtesy of J.K. Rowling, will tell the story of an “increasingly dark time for the Wizarding World, where Newt and other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.”
Colliderwrote that Yates previously praised Rowling for the sequel’s script.
“We’ve seen the script for Part 2, for the second movie, which takes the story in a whole new direction – as you should, you don’t want to repeat yourself. The second movie introduces new characters as she builds this part of the Harry Potter universe further. It’s a very interesting development from where we start out. The work is pouring out of her.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a far cry from Harry Potter. The film is not only set in the 1920s, but also in America. It will also revolve around the Wizarding World adults.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them lead star Eddie Redmayne shared that his favorite film in the franchise is the finale. He said that the he kept on re-watching the “extraordinary” duel between Voldemort and Harry.
“When you’re [casting spells on set], the effects of this huge tension of what’s coming out of your wand is put [into the shot in post-production; you’re] literally acting with nothing, and I found it so operatic and deeply moving. I found it so climatically satisfying.”
As for his favorite book in the series, he answered the first one.
“I suppose I’d go with the first. My little brother, when he was 6 years old, he would always read it, and it had that instant immersion into the world that made you release your imagination.”
Redmayne also told the publication that the film’s props designers had to ask his opinion on the type of wand Newt should have. “He’s not a showy guy, Newt, so I wanted it be to quite simple,” he revealed.
The Oscar-winning actor further said that the wand was crafted from ashwood, and that it bore scratches and burn marks since Newt’s a globetrotter.
They also did not use horn and leather for the handle because Redmayne was firm that Newt’s a zoologist. They eventually agreed on sand shell. The Theory of Everything star said that his “inner 9-year-old was having a disco” when the wand was finally handed to him.
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