Jude Law's Been Playing Young Dumbledore All Year — You Just Didn't Realize It
In delightful casting news that will leave you just as surprised as you will be excited, Jude Law will play Albus Dumbledore in the next Fantastic Beasts film. According the press release on Pottermore, the hub of all things Harry Potter, "The second film in the Fantastic Beasts series will show Dumbledore decades before he became Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At this point in the story he is the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor and a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald — the Dark wizard we met in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, played by Johnny Depp."
ICYMI: In the world of Harry Potter, the young Dumbledore and Grindelwald were childhood friends who grew up to become enemies. Dumbledore, of course, ended up on the right side of this feud, and it was this goodness that made him the sage, wizened wizard we know from Harry Potter. But meeting a younger version of Dumbledore will allow for some really exciting ways for Law to flesh him out; we've also seen that Dumbledore can be a bit moody and secretive. Yay for that.
Part of the reason Law is such a perfect fit to play the young Dumbledore is because he's already played a younger version of a dude we're used to seeing as a much older man: the pope. That's right, bros; Law is our new go-to to play young versions of old dudes and he's going to slay. I mean, if you think about it, there's a lot that the young pope and the young Dumbledore have in common. Did Law's job just get a whole lot easier because he's literally prepped for Dumbledore already?
1. They both love to wear half-moon glasses
Listen, when you know what frame shape works for your face, you stick with it forever. Luckily, the young pope and Dumbledore have that figured out.
2. They are both in positions of power
The young pope is charged with caring for the souls of a majority of the Earth's population. Dumbledore goes from Hogwarts professor to Hogwarts headmaster, proving he knows how to deal with hormonal wizards better than anyone else. Being a leader is no easy feat, but they really do the damn thing.
3. The young pope loves to sport a stylishly long robe, just like the young Dumbledore
To be honest, these dudes are serious #FashionGoals.
4. In a way, they both believe in magic
OK, before you have a fit because you think I'm saying Catholicism is just another form of wizardry, take a step back and consider this: The power of prayer and the power of a well-place spell can do an equal amount of good, right? Sure, one comes from a fictional world and the other from real life, but you tell me about the last time you said a prayer and it didn't sound just the teensiest bit like a spell Harry Potter learned at Hogwarts and I'll give you a million dollars.
5. They both have enemies trying to bring them down
The young Dumbledore might face off against his childhood bestie (and maybe his lover?) Grindelwald once more in the next Fantastic Beasts film, and as you recall, he fought alongside Harry Potter against Voldemort later on in his life. The young pope faced real-life enemies in the form of literally everyone at the Vatican plotting in Machiavellian ways against him to gain power.
6. They have a penchant for the eccentric
The young pope didn't want commemorative memorabilia made, but he was more than happy to have a pet kangaroo hopping around the Vatican gardens. Meanwhile, Dumbledore loves a good pair of socks and saying odd words just to break the tension.
7. They are both adept at saying phrases in foreign languages
The young pope favors Latin when the occasion calls for it; Dumbledore loves to say a good, "alohomora," or "stupefy," depending on the situation.
8. Let's be real: The sex appeal is very real and very present
Is it getting super-hot in here, or is it just me?
9. They both look suspiciously a lot like Jude Law
The young Dumbledore is going to look a whole lot like that one super-handsome pope as played by Law and I am here for it. All of it.