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Jude Law Talks Young Dumbledore; NOT Transfiguration Teacher (Yet)
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In a new interview with EW, Jude Law discusses playing Young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In what will come as quite a shock to book fans, Jude says Dumbeldore is not transfiguration teacher (at this time.) Perhaps J.K. Rowling forgot to mention his stint as Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in all her past interviews about Dumbledore. Only time, and seeing the film in November, will tell.

So what’s Dumbledore like at this age and how different is he than how we know him?
As I mentioned before, there’s a sense of humor and mischief, a dash of anarchy, a sense of what’s right and what he believes in, and a sense of mystery. There’s also how he comes around to get people onto his way of thinking — which is rather indirectly. He also has a certain heaviness about him that I don’t want to reveal too much about — and that’s something he has to overcome, or hopes to overcome. He’s also got a great passion for sharing his knowledge, he’s a powerful and inclusive teacher.

So he teaches Transfiguration, right?  
He doesn’t teach Transfiguration, actually, not at this stage.

Oh! Because in Potter lore, it was said he used to be a Transfiguration teacher before becoming headmaster…
At this stage in his career, he’s not. I’m not sure I’m allowed to say what he teaches… [Note: based on a previous photo we assume he teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts]

Jude Law also discusses Dumbledore’s sexuality in the interview:

There was some uproar earlier this year when director David Yates told EW the character not “explicitly gay” in this film. What’s your take on how apparent Dumbledore’s sexuality should be?
Jo Rowling revealed some years back that Dumbledore was gay. That was a question I actually asked Jo and she said, yes, he’s gay. But as with humans, your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you; he’s multifaceted. I suppose the question is: How is Dumbledore’s sexuality depicted in this film? What you got to remember this is only the second Fantastic Beasts film in a series and what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them to the heart over time. You’re just getting to know Albus in this film, and there’s obviously a lot more to come. We learn a little about his past in the beginning of this film, and characters and their relationships will unfold naturally which I’m excited to reveal. But we’re not going to reveal everything all at once.

Obviously, Dumbledore had a relationship with Grindelwald. What’s that relationship like at this point in time? And what was it like working with Johnny Depp?
I don’t actually have any scenes with Johnny. As I said before, this is only Part 2 of a longer story. I’ve always admired him from afar, but we don’t know each other, and I’ve not yet met him on this. In many ways that suits the relationship as it’s been many years since they’ve seen each other. So there’s complexity in that that’s fun to mine. Again, the past will reveal itself.

Read the full interview for more!

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Jude Law, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Two New Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Images Released
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Entertainment Weekly and Empire Magazine have released new photos from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald! The first shows a photo of Newt with his luggage open pointing his wand at something. The second shows Dumbledore teaching students about boggarts, including a young Newt Scamander! Both images can be seen in high resolution in the gallery!

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You can buy the August issue of Empire for more on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The EW article also includes some new information on Leta Lestrange in the form of an interview with Eddie Redmayne:

“Leta, it’s one of those relationships where there was definitely great love there,” Eddie Redmayne, who plays grown-up Newt, tells EW. “But was it ever a full-blown relationship? I don’t know. But certainly, she’s somebody who has touched him hugely. At the beginning of this film you realize she’s now in a relationship with Newt’s brother so, of course, that comes with great complications.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters on November 16th.

Filed Under: Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films, Jude Law, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Jude Law Discusses Meeting with J.K. Rowling About Dumbledore
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Jude Law spoke with Entertainment Tonight about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald while at the Golden Globes last night. While speaking about how he prepared for his role as Young Albus Dumbledore, he said:

“Do you know what I did? I sat in a room for an afternoon with J.K. Rowling, and I listened to her extraordinary words of wisdom,” Law said of the Harry Potter scribe. “She was kind enough to share with me the whole backstory and her future hopes for this young character of Dumbledore and really that set me on the path. I just did what the writer said.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be arriving in theaters November 2018.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Jude Law, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Jude Law Cast as Young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts Sequel
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Pottermore has announced this afternoon that Jude Law will be taking on the role of Young Dumbledore in the next Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film. The sequel to Fantastic Beasts is slated for release 16 November 2018, and filming begins this summer.  Three more films will follow after this sequel. According to the article:

The second film in the Fantastic Beasts series will show Dumbledore decades before he became Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

At this point in the story he is the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor and a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald – the Dark wizard we met in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, played by Johnny Depp.

On the announcement Potter and Fantastic Beasts director David Yates said: “Jude Law is a phenomenally talented actor whose work I’ve long admired and I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work with him. I know he will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.”

The article also gives a tiny bit of information regarding the plot of this second film, which “takes the story deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes must decide on their allegiances.”

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Jude Law, The Crimes of Grindelwald


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