Another Harry Potter Professor Will Appear in Fantastic Beasts

It is very difficult for Harry Potter OG’s to think of Albus Dumbledore without Minerva McGonagall. They are the very first wizards we ever encounter as they take The Boy Who Lived to the doorstep of the Dursley’s at 4 Privet Drive. As Voldemort rises and wreaks havoc on the wizarding world, they become the fiercest protectors of Hogwarts. A young Dumbledore will feature heavily in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald with Jude Law taking over the role. However, we may also get a glimpse as his right-hand witch decades before Voldemort rises. has confirmed that McGonagall will make an appearance in The Crimes of Grindelwald. Dame Maggie Smith brought the brilliant professor to life in the Harry Potter series. To wind back the clock, Fiona Glasgott will play a younger version in the 1920s set Fantastic Beasts. We do get into a sticky bit of time here, however.

The Crimes of Grindelwald takes place in 1927. McGonagall is noted to have been born in 1935. There are several time-bending devices in the Harry Potter series, but they usually work to send people back in time. Or at least see into the past. However, one of the most famous of all is the Time-Turner Professor McGonagall gives to Hermione to attend her packed class schedule. Could Hermione use such a device to return to the fight against Grindelwald? There is also a possibility a character, most likely Dumbledore, could foresee her in the future. However, it’s difficult to imagine what purpose that would serve.

McGonagall joins Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel, and Nagini as Harry Potter characters who will have an intertwining past with Fantastic Beasts. Early reactions indicate that these won’t be the only surprises in the 2nd film of the series. Fans are adding the hashtag #ProtectTheSecrets to posts of screenings along with rave reviews.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens next Friday, November 16.

Featured Image: (L-R) JUDE LAW as young ALBUS DUMBLEDORE and EDDIE REDMAYNE as Newt Scamander in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure “FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.


Kelle Long

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