Yesterday came the surprising reveal that the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” wasn’t the start of a trilogy as originally proposed, but rather it was just the first in a proposed five-film series from “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.
That’s an ambitious for a spin-off franchise that hasn’t proven itself on its own yet, but Rowling earlier today tweeted: “I think, when you realise what story we’re *really* telling, you’ll understand that it can’t possibly fit in one movie! I’m sure. There’s a natural arc to five. You’ll see.” However, in order to help convince those who aren’t onboard yet, it seems the extension is allowing for more ties to the Potter franchise including at least one familiar character.
BBC News reports that during the fan event in London, Rowling talked about the future of the franchise and mentioned that a certain future Hogwarts headmaster could be a big part of it – with director David Yates seemingly confirming the character will appear in the first film in November.
Rowling says: “We do talk about Dumbledore and Grindelwald”. Yates followed that up with: “We do mention Dumbledore and he features in a wonderful scene between Colin [Farrell] and Eddie [Redmayne]. Grindelwald does feature in the background and is going to become a much more prominent feature moving forward.”
In the books, Dumbledore and Grindelwald were close friends with the former in unrequited love with the latter. When a disagreement saw Dumbledore’s sister killed, the friendship ended. At the time of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ which is set in the 1920s, Grindelwald was in the midst of a multi-decade revolution and became effectively the darkest wizard to walk the Earth – second only to Voldemort.
Grindelwald has been mentioned by name in the most recent trailer, and a blond figure seen from behind in a featurette has been speculated to be him. Jamie Campbell Bower played the young version and Michael Byrne the elderly version of Grindelwald in the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” adaptations. No word as to whom might play him or Dumbledore in the new films.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” debuts on November 18th.