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Published On: Sun, Oct 23rd, 2016

Dumbledore and Grindelwald rumored to be key to ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise

Just as Warner Bros drops more details about the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film and the expanding franchise. Author J.K. Rowling confirmed links to the original Harry Potter franchise and the appearance of two of the key professors.

fantastic beasts-ew-1389-cover Eddie RedmayneAccording to BBC News, during the event in London, Rowling said, “We do talk about Dumbledore and Grindelwald,” implying that the relationship between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald, which was detailed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (primarily the book), could prove to be a key part of the franchise.

The dark wizard was mentioned by name in the most recent trailer for Fantastic Beasts.

Adding more fuel to the fire is director David Yates (already set to be at the helm of the first Fantastic Beasts sequel arriving in 2018), who had this to say about bringing Dumbledore and Grindelwald into the fray more prominently.

“We can’t tell you too because we’d have to kill you all, but 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.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them debuts on November 18.

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Here is the official information for Fantastic Beasts:

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four HARRY POTTER blockbusters. The film also stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell. The film was produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved HARRY POTTER books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, written by her character Newt Scamander.

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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