Albus Dumbledore - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Fantastic Beasts exec producer breaks down Jude Law's young Dumbledore

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Nov 17, 2017

Considered one of the greatest magical minds in the history of wizardkind, Albus Dumbledore discovered the 12 uses of dragon's blood, defeated Grindelwald in 1945, and was the only person Voldemort ever feared. However, he'd probably tell you his greatest achievement was being headmaster of Hogwarts or having a Chocolate Frog card made in his honor.

Mysterious, self-effacing, and quick with a statement of immense profundity or thinly veiled sass, Dumbledore is a fan favorite of the Harry Potter franchise for a reason. He always knew more than he let on (after all, he was a skilled occlumens), and he did his best to stand up for those who wizards considered lower classes: Muggles, Muggle-borns elves, giants, squibs, werewolves, merpeople, centaurs, and a menagerie of other half-bred creatures that Dolores Umbridge would detest. However, we only ever really knew Dumbledore as a wise old man well into his hundreds. Bits and pieces about his youth were dropped here and there by Rowling, but we never got a full-fledged book or movie that included a good look at his younger self.

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That's all about to change with the Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, in which Jude Law will be playing an auburn-haired Albus, although his trademark half-moon spectacles seem to be missing from the publicity photo below. However, his blue velvet jacket is reminiscent of the plum velvet suit he wore when telling Tom Riddle he was a wizard in Half-Blood Prince

According to the movie's executive producer, David Heyman, Law was chosen for his real-world likenesses to the fictional character. Since Heyman also produced all eight Harry Potter films, he knows a thing or two about this universe. 

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“One of the reasons we chose Jude is he has many of the qualities we find in Dumbeldore in the Potter films,” Heyman told Entertainment Weekly. “He’s got authority, he’s got a twinkle in his eye, he’s sometimes a bit elliptical. So you have that but also have this youthful energy and jubilance. So he brings that twinkle, mischief, authority, and power, but at the same time brings far more youthful energy to the film. You understand why he would be your favorite teacher and be someone you believe is an extraordinary wizard.”

At the time of the Fantastic Beasts movies, Dumbledore is not yet headmaster, but Transfiguration teacher. He held this job for many years until Armando Dippet stepped down from the head's post. We also know Dumbledore argued against the expulsion of Newt Scamander when the magical zoologist was accused of endangering human life while a student at the school. In The Crimes of Grindelwald, he'll team up with his former pupil (played by Eddie Redmayne) to bring the eponymous dark wizard down. There's also a question of whether the love Dumbledore once felt for his old friend will be explored. 

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What do you think about Jude Law in the role? Will the Young Pope make an acceptable Young Dumbledore? Should he have been played by Jared Harris, son of the OG Albus, Richard Harris?

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The Crimes of Grindewald apparates into theaters on Nov. 16, 2018.