Albus Dumbledore was nowhere to be found in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as his evil counterpart, Gellert Grindelwald, wreaked havoc on New York City. It seems Dumbledore will take front and center, though, in the highly anticipated sequel, giving Harry Potter the experience of a much younger Dumbledore.
On Friday, Warner Bros. released a new set of photos for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. One of the photos features Jude Law’s young Dumbledore, decked out in a fitted suit and leaning casually against a desk in what looks like a Hogwarts classroom. Fans have assumed it might be his classroom from when he was the Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts, long before he was headmaster.
For the most part, the response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic, with fans falling over themselves and turning into human embodiments of the heart eyes emoji. But there was also some confusion. See, yung, hot Dumbledore is great. But does this mean we’re all suddenly supposed to be attracted to Dumbledore? Is Dumbledore hot now?
But it seems The Crimes of Grindelwald is going to end up aging Dumbledore quite a bit. Several fans online pointed out the stark contrast between 1926 (Crimes of Grindelwald) and 1938 (when Dumbledore finds Tom Riddle, aka Voldemort, in an orphanage) Dumbledore. Granted, Dumbledore’s aging process is not totally realistic considering the character died at about 115 years old and, y’know, is a wizard.
In Crimes of Grindelwald, Dumbledore is 45 years old, clean-cut, and too cool for his own good, a very different Dumbledore then we’re used to seeing — though, as Kingsley Shacklebolt noted, Dumbledore’s got style. That style veers a little bit more toward wacky wizarding world fashion 12 years later as the 57-year-old Dumbledore meets a young Voldemort for the first time. He’s aged up a lot, his hair longer and silver, wrinkles digging crevices into his previously youthful face.
Clearly, Dumbledore will go through a lot in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movies. And fans are very excited to see where it’ll go.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald premieres in theaters on November 16.