In a move sure to please the legions of Muggles out there, director David Yates has confirmed that Albus Dumbledore will appear in the second film of the Harry Potter prequel series, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
'In the second movie Dumbledore comes back,' said Yates at a press junket for the film. 'He's got a couple of good scenes with Newt [Eddie Redmayne]. We're discussing who would play Dumbledore, any suggestions would be good.'
The beloved character was played by Richard Harris in the first 2 Harry Potter movies. After his death in 2002, Michael Gambon assumed the role in the final 6 films in the franchise.
David Yates Continues Franchise Potter Started
This is another example of how Warner Brothers is trying to keep connections to the original Potter movies alive. Yates, of course, directed the last four of the original movies, really establishing the creative style of the series as the characters grew up with the audience. He is also signed on to direct the next Fantastic Beasts movie.
Of course, the fact that the movie is the screenwriting debut of Potter creator J.K. Rowling also has fans ridiculously excited. Star Eddie Redmayne recently explained how Rowling's writing and the films were important to him in the past. 'I feel like we grew up watching those films and getting to dive into that world every year or two. I used to find it so cozy. It was like getting a hug every year or two from J.K. Rowling and I love the idea of another generation having something similar.'
He added that 'even though Fantastic Beasts is a different period, it's still the Harry Potter world. It's still got that same warmth and kindness.'
Fantastic Beasts will be released on November 18th and Warner Bros seems confident it will be a massive hit. The cast is impressive. Redmayne is joined by Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston and Samantha Morton. There is also the small matter of the recently revealed tidbit that Johnny Depp has a cameo in the film, which will lead to a more substantial role in the sequel!