Jude Law Learned Everything There is to Know About Dumbledore for Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts is a fun and fresh take on the Wizarding World. The creatures are spectacular and Newt Scamander is a special kind of adorable awkward. Those period costumes are stunning and J.K. Rowling has promised the series will take us around the globe. However, nostalgia is powerful and it’s hard to let go of the characters we first fell in love with. A new featurette reveals how Jude Law captured the essence of a Harry Potter mainstay.

The late Richard Harris followed by Michael Gambon both filled the role of the mature headmaster of Hogwarts. Law, however, will play a younger version while striving to inhabit the same spirit of the character. Law did his homework but got a literally priceless masterclass from the authority herself.

“When I met Jude, I basically told him everything about Dumbledore that I have ever known,” Rowling said. “Because without that knowledge, Jude is playing someone who appears to be playing games with people’s live and that not is who Dumbledore is.” Is he not? I’ve never been fully convinced of that.

Yet, I digress. I want to know literally everything Rowling has ever known about her own main character. Could we get a full biography cowritten by Rowling and Law? The cast and creators seem to imply that The Crimes of Grindelwald is a very important chapter in Dumbledore’s life. If we want to know the man behind the magic, this may be a defining moment.

Along with Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Nagini, and Nicolas Flamel are all Harry Potter characters slated to appear in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts. There is one fan favorite from the original series that Eddie Redmayne hopes will cross over in the future.

“Hagrid. And I’m secretly hoping that at some wonderful point, maybe if I say it enough times to J.K. Rowling, like a little mini Hagrid might arrive,” Redmayne told Cinemablend. If there is any possibility of that at all, count us as supporters.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens in theaters November 16.

Featured Image: JUDE LAW as young ALBUS DUMBLEDORE in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure “FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.