Harry Potter fans were recently treated to a whole new storyline with J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. They're so excited, in fact, that they're already speculating about who might play the young Albus Dumbledore in the prequel series.
Ever since it was announced the young Albus Dumbledore would feature, fans have been making suggestions as to who'd be the right man for the job. While there are plenty of them, it's Jared Harris whose name seems to be topping the list. So, who is Harris, and why, exactly, is he the right man for the job?
Jared Harris is the son of the man who originally played Dumbledore, Richard Harris (he was replaced by Michael Gambon following the senior Harris' death in 2002). So it goes without saying that casting Jared Harris would keep it in the family.
Fans of the franchise want Harris to play the role of young Dumbledore so much that they've even launched a campaign, which includes photo editing him into the appropriate clothing.
Another reason we think Harris would be great for the role of Dumbledore is because he has proven himself to be a fantastic actor, with roles including King George VI in Netflix's The Crown and Professor James Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Sure, this is a particularly obvious point, but not only has Harris enjoyed a prolific film career — which he almost didn't have because before attending Duke University in North Carolina, he was considering a career in teaching or law — he also looks the part of a young Albus Dumbledore and would therefore be very believable as the character.
Despite all the reasons that Harris would be great for the role, he's just not sure whether he's going to get it. During an interview with the Evening Standard, he said, "They're obviously thinking about it. I haven't heard anything and I don't expect to. It's not up to me."
That doesn't mean that he's not up for the role, though, and if it plays out the way we want it to, then it's definitely happening.
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