Obviously, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is set within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but in 1926 New York City, whereas the ‘Potter’ books and movies are essentially set in the “present” in London. But the newest trailer drops a name that indicates that at least one Potter character is already alive, well and quite prominent even in that time period.
First, watch the video below:
Yes, in 1926, Albus Dumbledore (played by Richard Harris, then by Michael Gambon in the films) is already a well-respected teacher at Hogwarts and ‘Fantastic Beast’ lead Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) was one of his star pupils, until an incident involving a beast resulted in… him somehow journeying to New York. (Dumbledore is said to have been born in 1881.)
Does that mean that other familiar faces and names from Hogwarts could factor in? It could certainly drive interest among lapsed Potter fans!
Alison Sudol, who plays Queenie Goldstein says:
“I wouldn’t say there are a lot, but because it is its own world and it’s also so much earlier, there are people who are alive.”
But leave it to the Muggle to spoil things! Dan Fogler, who plays Scamander’s human pal Jacob Kowalski spilled the beans, saying:
“You do meet…as the stories go along…you…you…I can’t give it away! You will see, you will hear mention of your favorite characters and you may even meet their younger counterparts along the way.”
Well that opens a can of worms… or a suitcase full of mythological creatures, as it were. Could we possibly see younger versions of Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Horace Slughorn or even… Tom Riddle? (Or as you may better know him as, Lord Voldemort.)
This begs the question, is this more of a prequel than a stand-alone spinoff as it has been viewed up to now? Could we see seeds planted in these films that play into the already established Harry Potter story?
Are there any Harry Potter characters that you would like to see younger versions of in this film?
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ directed by David Yates, stars Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, Jenn Murray, Faith Wood-Blagrove, and Colin Farrell. It will magically materialize in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.
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