Oh J.K. Rowling, how you have stirred up lasting emotions in our generation with your Harry Potter series with memorable characters. I grew up on the Harry Potter series; I was stunned and enchanted as a kid when I saw the first film adaptation in theaters and immediately wanted to be a wizard. Hell, I still do admittedly.
My favorite Albus Dumbledore still to date is the late Richard Harris, whom portrayed the iconic character in The Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets. Unfortunately he passed before the third film and the character was recast to Michael Gambon, who I admit still played a good Dumbledore for the rest of the series.
But now we have Fantastic Beasts beginning to create it’s own series, with a whopping five film commitment mind you. After the first film was released last year it was instantly a hit and perhaps one of the best ‘Potter’ films to come out, mainly because it is expanding on the magical world and showing different magical cultures that were only hinted at in the Harry Potter films, even though the Fantastic Beasts films will take place more than 40 years before the Potter Series.
But it’s no surprise that the character Dumbledore will be added so early into the series due to how popular the character is to the Potter fan base; Grindelwald was cast as the backdrop villain in the first Fantastic Beast’s film with Johnny Depp portraying the villain at the very end to give the character face, who we can’t complain one bit about (Johnny Depp is just a changeling when it comes to the roles he plays). Now, we here at Rewind STL have found out that none other than Jude Law will portray the very young version of Albus Dumbledore. For those that are hardcore Potter fans you will remember that a young Dumbledore befriends Grindelwald after his time at Hogwarts and adventure together to create a new world order for wizards; however in 1945 Dumbledore confronted the then self proclaimed dark wizard and a three hour long duel ensued with Dumbledore emerging as the victor. Rewind STL theorizes that the Fantastic Beasts will span across almost two decades worth of wizarding history.
While the casting choice does surprise us, Jude Law is still a stellar actor and we feel that he could create an iconic character for himself portraying Albus Dumbledore like he has portrayed the character Dr. John Watson in the Sherlock Holmes films.