Dumbledore Will Appear In 'Fantastic Beasts' Films
If the world needs anyone right now, it's Albus Dumbledore.
And, as luck would have it, Dumbledore is coming back to our lives in a new way.
In a roundtable interview with The-Leaky-Cauldron and other publications, the director of the last four "Potter" films and of the upcoming five-film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" had some good news for Dumbledore fans.
In the second movie Dumbledore comes back. There are a couple good scenes with Newt. We just have to find out who would play him? Any thoughts? [Laughs.]
And if you're having nightmare visions of Michael Gambon in makeup, don't worry: Yates assured fans it won't be Michael Gambon.
But the director was not opposed to the idea of Jared Harris, the 55-year-old actor and son of Richard Harris (who played Dumbledore in the first two films before his death in 2002).
No it's not going to be Michael Gambon. No, we need a younger Dumbledore. But, Jared Harris is a fine actor.
Honestly, the return of Dumbledore is exactly what "Harry Potter" fans need right now.
But don't forget, whoever ends up with the role of Dumbledore will be tasked with sharing the screen with the man playing Dumbledore's lover and enemy: Johnny Depp.
Yep, in case you forgot, Johnny Depp is starring in the next "Fantastic Beasts" film, and even has a small role in the first film that hits theaters November 18.
Despite outrage from fans, Depp has now been confirmed by Yates to be playing the role of Gellert Grindelwald, who, as hardcore Potterheads will remember is one of the great dark wizards who led the first Wizarding War.
And of course, as JK Rowling revealed in that famous 2007 Carnegie Hall interview, Grindelwald was also Dumbledore's lover.
Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized by the thought of Dumbledore kissing Johnny Depp.