Though the first of five movies hasn’t even hit theaters yet, the creative minds behind ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘ are already looking ahead to the next chapters of the story. And even though these films are set well before Harry Potter received his scar, it appears that some familiar faces from the saga of the Boy Who Lived will be popping up alongside the young magizooligist Newt Scamander in the new series. Specifically, we’ll be seeing a rather famous headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

According to a recent interview with Screen Rant, director David Yates revealed that he and his team are currently searching for an actor to play a young Albus Dumbledore in the upcoming ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel. Though he gives no hints about how big of a role the legendary wizard will play in the story, Yates does mention that the character previously played by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon (who would be serving as the Head of Transfiguration at Hogwarts during the time of these movies) will cross paths with Eddie Redmayne’s Scamander:

“In the second movie Dumbledore comes back. He’s got a couple of good scenes with Newt… We’re discussing who would play Dumbledore, any suggestions would be good. [Laughs]”

Details regarding the plot of second installment in this new film franchise from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World have not been divulged as of yet, but the outlet mentions that the sequel is set to venture “deeper into an increasingly dark time”. Based on the history that we’ve gathered from the ‘Harry Potter’ series and the various supplemental reading (like Chocolate Frog trading cards), Dumbledore plays a part in quelling Grindelwald’s nefarious rise to power. Many have already theorized that this could be the direction that ‘Fantastic Beasts’ is heading, but does this new development on top of the rumors connecting Johnny Depp to the role of Grindelwald confirm this theory? It’s very possible, but stay tuned to ScienceFiction.com to hear the official word on the manner as soon as it becomes available.

Who do you think should play a young Albus Dumbledore in the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ sequel? Do you think that David Yates and J.K. Rowling are building towards the epic face-off between Dumbledore and the dark wizard Grindelwald, which has yet to be depicted onscreen? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, David Chester, Samantha Morton, Carmen Ejogo, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, and Colin Farrell breaks out of it’s cage on November 18, 2016.

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