Need a little pick me up this morning, now that Voldemort is the new wizard-elect, but your usual pack of Chocolate Frogs just isn’t doing you any good? Before you dive deep into the Bertie Botts or Butterbeer, we’ve got some news that may just save you during your next trip to the Muggle dentist: Dumbledore is alive and well. At least in the Fantastic Beasts universe he is, anyhow.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them doesn’t hit theatres until next Friday, Nov. 18, but there’s already been lots of talk about the second installment, which is officially a go. (Hey — Warner Bros. knows how intense Potterheads are; ordering a second movie was a no-brainer.)
Since these stories take place before Voldemort, that means some of our favourite characters are likely to return, including Dumbledore, according to director David Yates. Unfortunately Michael Gambon won’t be reprising his old role — they need someone a little younger to play Albus this time around. Especially since another notorious dark wizard will debut in this sequel: Gellert Grindelwald.
As avid book fans already know, Grindelwald was one of the most notorious dark wizards of all time, and one of Albus Dumbledore’s former besties. The two of them conspired to find all of the Deathly Hallows back in their heyday, until (spoiler?) a huge battle resulted in the death of Dumbledore’s sister, Ariana.
While we don’t know who will play Dumbledore just yet, we certainly know who’s playing Grindelwald: none other than Johnny Depp. And even though some of his movies haven’t exactly been the greatest lately, if anyone can bring a creepy artistic vibe to this role we think it’s him.
“Grindelwald is an iconic character, so it was important to have someone who had that weight,” producer David Heyman told The Leaky Cauldron. “There’s a reason why he has that weight. It’s because, you know, he’s a fine actor who makes unexpected choices.”
So you see? Dumbledore was right. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times. If only one remembers to turn on the light.”
We feel better already.