In 2007, author J.K. Rowling was speaking at a Harry Potter event at Carnegie Hall when she made the announcement that she had written Albus Dumbledore as a gay man. “I always thought of Dumbledore as gay. Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was,” said Rowling. Now it looks like fans are finally going to see the beloved Professor in the throes of the relationship that shaped his life.
The plot for the upcoming second instalment in the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them series has been revealed, and Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, having made only a small appearance near the end of the first film once it was revealed that Grindelwald had been disguised as Percival Graves (Colin Farrell). This news follows the previously announced cast addition of Jude Law, who will be playing the younger version of Dumbledore, a role made famous in the Harry Potter series first by the late, great Richard Harris and then Michael Gambon.
A Johnny Depp and Jude Law love story? We’re in.
At a press conference for the first film back in 2016, Rowling promised that the five-part franchise would further explore the history of Dumbledore, including his relationships with Grindelwald. “I can’t tell you everything I would like to say because this is obviously a five-part story so there’s lots to unpack in that relationship,” said Rowling. “You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man — he wasn’t always the sage…We’ll see him at that formative period of his life.”
In a press release issued by Warner Bros., the film studio revealed that the second film will focus on young Dumbledore recruiting Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to stop Grindelwald from “gathering more followers to his cause — elevating wizards above all non-magical beings.” Newt will recruit a team of Tina (Katherine Waterston), her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob (Dan Fogler).
The film will move from New York to London and see the return of Credence Barbone (Ezra Miller) and Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz), who appeared briefly in the first film.
Rowling is penning the script, while director David Yates will once again be behind the camera. Shooting has commenced at the Warner Bros.’ Studios Leavesden in the U.K., the same space where all eight Harry Potter films were made.
The second Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them film has yet to be titled, but a release date of November 16, 2018 has been confirmed.