Five years ago this summer, the Harry Potter movie franchise came to a close with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, but most fans knew that wouldn't be the last we'd see of this lucrative property. Sure enough, Warner Bros. announced in 2014 that a new trilogy will begin with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling. The story will be set 70 years before Harry Potter first set foot in Hogwarts, although fans are still wondering if there will be any connections to Harry Potter and his magical classmates. As it turns out, one of the original Harry Potter cast members is quite desperate to reprise his role in this prequel.
Michael Gambon played Headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the last six Harry Potter movies, after the death of Richard Harris. The actor recently spoke to Express, revealing that he wants a role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Despite the fact that production wrapped last month, the actor put out a public plea to get the filmmakers to bring him back.
"I want to be in it, yes. They've got a Dumbledore. They'll have a young Dumbledore, won't they? But I could be his dad. They could flashback to me. Can you mention it to them if you see them? I'd like to be his dad."
The big take away here is that Michael Gambon hints that a young Dumbledore may have already been cast for the movie, though nothing confirms or backs that up. Not only is the movie set 70 years before the Harry Potter saga, the story takes place in New York City, following the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Newt comes to New York with a magical case that is much, much bigger on the inside, which contains "expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from Newt's travels around globe." The plot thickens when several creatures escape from this case. It isn't known if it would even make sense for Dumbledore to have a part in this story set in America. Then again, this will be the first of a trilogy, so it's possible we could see Dumbledore in any of the follow-ups.
Katherine Waterston's Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein and Alison Sudol's Queenie Goldstein are the two female leads of the movie, magical sisters who encounter Newt Scamander during his travels in New York, while Dan Fogler's Jacob Kowalski is a "muggle" (non-magician) who befriends Newt in the Big Apple. The supporting cast includes Ezra Miller as Credence, Samantha Morton as Mary Lou, Jenn Murray as Chastity, young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty and Colin Farrell as the wizard Graves. Ron Perlman also recently signed on to play a goblin, with Gemma Chan, Jon Voight and Carmen Ejogo coming aboard for unspecified roles. Do you think that Dumbledore deserves a place in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?