Fantastic Beasts 2

When an actor comes into a franchise and is asked to play a character that was originated by someone else, there’s always a bit of concern as to whether the original performance can be built upon to the point of satisfying fans.  With the ‘Harry Potter‘ spin-off sequel ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,’ the pressure is doubly on, as franchise fans are not only seeing a few characters they’ve met before, they are seeing them in whole new experiences that occur prior to the original films.

It’s good, then, that ‘Fantastic Beasts’ lead actor Eddie Redmayne has very positive things to say about the recreation of classic ‘Potter’ character Albus Dumbledore, brought to life in the upcoming film by veteran Hollywood actor Jude Law.  In a recent interview, Redmayne spoke highly of the actors’ work together on the movie set:

“I had talked a little bit with Jo [Rowling] about what Newt and Dumbledore’s relationship was in the first film because it was alluded to. And then when they cast Jude, who I’ve known for a long time, it made such sense because there was a kind of debonair quality to him, but also like a playfullness that felt entirely appropriate, but also there’s kind of a weight to his… he’s got a weightiness, Dumbledore… Not physical weightiness [laughs] But when Jude arrived on set, he just looked so perfect. It all made complete sense.”

Law, for his part, prepared for the role and garnered inspiration by simply deciding to go right to the source, as he explained in a previous interview:

“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. 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 released in American theaters on November 16, 2018.