The latest installment in the Harry Potter film franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, hits theaters next month with an all-new cast of beloved characters. In addition to the return of Dumbledore, played by Michael Gambon, the new film will star Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a Ministry of Magic employee in the Beasts Division of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, as well as a self-proclaimed magizoologist who has developed an interest in magical creatures that do not conform to standard behaviors or are not represented in the Hogwarts Library’s textbook Monster Book of Monsters. Eddie Redmayne Transforms into Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts

Young Dumbledore

Eddie Redmayne dropped roughly 20 pounds to get back to his starring role of a younger version of Albus Dumbledore in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Eddie told us that he followed a very specific diet and workout regimen to shrink his frame. It was a lot of cardio, mostly, Eddie said.

Eddie Redmayne Transforms into Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts
Eddie Redmayne Transforms into Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts

Dumbledore’s Love for Animals

Although he didn’t hold a personal grudge against Grindelwald for his attack on Ariana, Dumbledore was still devastated by his sister’s death and it eventually colored his perceptions of Grindelwald. The loss of her destroyed your mother, Rowling revealed at Carnegie Hall in 2007. It left him feeling very resentful towards Gellert Grindelwald because he felt that Gellert had taken something from him that could never be replaced. He became sort of obsessed with seeing Grindelwald defeated and getting his revenge, which led to some pretty horrific things later on down the line.

Eddie Redmayne Talks About Newt Scamander

I had just one week between filming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Jupiter Ascending, but I was so excited. I fell in love with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them while reading it on a plane ride. There is something so dark and sinister underneath, but also so magical. The story is set almost entirely in New York—that was a big draw for me as well.

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Eddie on His Character

Newt is a magizoologist, which means he’s a scientist of magical creatures, Redmayne said. He believes there’s reason to study them and that they should be free. But he also knows that if you don’t treat them right or give them space or respect, they can turn on you. He’s very much at war with himself over it, but ultimately has decided that it’s more important to him to protect these creatures than anything else, even his own life. So I think he feels like it’s his mission in life. It really defines who he is as a person.

Albus Severus Potter (Fantastic Beasts)

The Albus Severus Potter series’ plot differs slightly from that of its companion series. Set around seven years before Harry’s birth, it follows Albus Severus Potter, the son of Harry’s friend (and future enemy) Draco Malfoy and Astoria Greengrass. Like his father, he is a Slytherin student who resents his father and looks down on him for being sorted into Gryffindor; nevertheless, he becomes friends with Harry after an accidental encounter on Platform 93⁄4 at King’s Cross station.

Scorpius Malfoy (Fantastic Beasts)

The son of Draco Malfoy and Astoria Greengrass, and a friend of Albus Potter. He is a Muggle-born, unlike his father and maternal grandparents who are all Slytherin alumni. His first name is derived from Latin scorpio, meaning scorpion. His last name comes from Latin malus, meaning bad or evil. In some versions of Harry Potter continuity, Scorpius was sorted into Slytherin House at Hogwarts.

Queenie Goldstein (Fantastic Beasts)

Queenie Goldstein is a Muggle-born witch who grew up alongside Tina and Queenie, who is a Legilimens. Although it’s currently unknown whether or not she attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, it has been confirmed that she worked as an Auror for the Magical Congress of the United States of America during both wizarding wars. In 1927, she was stationed in Paris, where she befriended Credence Barebone.

Jacob Kowalski (Fantastic Beasts)

As a No-Maj, Jacob is an outsider to both wizarding and muggle worlds. However, his longing for adventure gets him roped into Newt’s mission to save magical creatures from the horrors of Grindelwald and to stop them from going extinct. However, his own agenda may get in Newt’s way! Write a professional blog post based off the following description:

Credence Barebone (Fantastic Beasts) Eddie Redmayne Transforms into Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts

A young man who is an orphan and is being raised by his non-magical adoptive mother. At least, we think he’s non-magical. His family tree has been erased and magic may be coursing through his veins—or, at least it will be when he turns out to be a wizard who believes himself to be a Muggle. He could either serve as one of our heroes or villains.

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Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander (Fantastic Beasts)

The older brother of Newt Scamander, who was briefly mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In that book, Theseus is described as being a war hero and an Auror. If you’re unfamiliar with these terms, an Auror is basically a wizard who fights against dark wizards and magical creatures.

Jessica Williams as Lally Hicks (Fantastic Beasts)

A young No-Maj woman working at MACUSA. She meets Credence Barebone on a subway train and eventually uncovers an international conspiracy involving Credence, Gellert Grindelwald, and Percival Graves. The two become romantically involved after they meet again later in London. When Lally is captured by Graves, she refuses to reveal information about Credence’s identity or whereabouts under interrogation. Grindelwald uses her silence to manipulate Credence into helping him find Obscurial child who can help his cause. He then sends his followers to kill her before he tries to attack New York City himself with his army of dangerous magical creatures.

Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald (Fantastic Beasts)

A dark wizard who first surfaced in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of novels as a student of Hogwarts founder Godric Gryffindor, later to resurface as an antagonist of Albus Dumbledore. In 2007, Grindelwald was named by Wizarding World fans as one of twenty candidates for the title of greatest villain in Harry Potter after he was omitted from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, despite being referenced several times throughout.

Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein (Fantastic Beasts)

An American witch and Auror. Goldstein is an acquaintance of Newton Newt Scamander, whom she introduces to Jacob Kowalski as a potential recruit for their new case. She and her former boyfriend, a wizard named Theseus Scamander, are romantically involved. She works at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) as an investigator and has a complicated relationship with her boss, Graves, despite having saved his life during one mission. Eddie Redmayne Transforms into Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts

William Nadylam as Yusuf Kama (Fantastic Beasts)

Yusuf Kama is a wizard and a member of MACUSA who appears to be on friendly terms with President Picquery. He is a dark-skinned man with black hair and brown eyes. It is stated that he has lived in America for some time. It can be assumed that he was part of MACUSA’s precursor, known as The Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA).

Victoria Yeates as Bunty (Fantastic Beasts)

A baker and an employee of Flourish and Blotts bookstore who befriends Newt Scamander. At one point, she says she does not like books; her name comes from a saying that A woman’s place is in the home. She was originally supposed to have a bigger role, but Yates was cut when Rowling rewrote most of her original script.

Poppy Corby-Tuech as Vinda Rosier (Fantastic Beasts)

Poppy Corby-Tuech as Vinda Rosier (Fantastic Beasts)
Poppy Corby-Tuech as Vinda Rosier (Fantastic Beasts)

The eldest daughter of Death Eater Corban Rosier and his wife, who once attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A member of Slytherin House, she was sorted into that house at Hogwarts. She left school following her third year, along with her boyfriend at that time Ted Tonks, as they were both found out to be Death Eaters.

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Richard Coyle as Aberforth Dumbledore  (Fantastic Beasts)

Richard Coyle as Aberforth Dumbledore  (Fantastic Beasts)
Richard Coyle as Aberforth Dumbledore  (Fantastic Beasts)

The elder Dumbledore sibling and co-owner of The Hog’s Head Inn. He has a turbulent relationship with his brother, Albus, that is later revealed to be due to him blaming himself for causing Ariana’s death.

Oliver Masucci as Anton Vogel (Fantastic Beasts)

Oliver Masucci as Anton Vogel (Fantastic Beasts)
Oliver Masucci as Anton Vogel (Fantastic Beasts)

A seemingly crooked American wizard who takes control of MACUSA’s Department of Magical Law Enforcement. He is revealed to be an Auror and part of Grindelwald’s inner circle and seeks to topple American wizarding authority. Masucci has confirmed he will return for a sequel, after Vogel was killed by Grindelwald at film’s end. It’s such a huge character and such an important story point in our movie that I think it would be kind of weird if I didn’t turn up again, wouldn’t it? And we do have plans for him in future movies as well. So yeah, I don’t think we can discount him just yet.

Maria Fernanda Cândido as Vicência Santos  (Fantastic Beasts)

Maria Fernanda Cândido as Vicência Santos  (Fantastic Beasts)
Maria Fernanda Cândido as Vicência Santos  (Fantastic Beasts)

Vicência is a muggle of ambiguous nationality and language. She is related to, and appears to be a guardian of, Modesty Barebone. Vicência works as a waitress at The Blind Pig speakeasy, which she runs with her husband Credence Barebone. Vicência’s sister, Chastity Barebone, has been missing since 1920 and she believes that Credence knows where she is. When Gellert Grindelwald arrives at The Blind Pig looking for Credence he kills Vicência when she tries to protect him from Grindelwald’s advances.

Dave Wong as Liu Tao (Fantastic Beasts)

Dave Wong as Liu Tao (Fantastic Beasts)
Dave Wong as Liu Tao (Fantastic Beasts)

A Chinese auror and a member of MACUSA. In 1926, he was assigned to tracking down Sascha Averkievich Yurinov (aka Gellert Grindelwald) with his partner, Ezra Barnes. He later accompanied Newton Scamander during his investigation regarding Leta Lestrange and her whereabouts after her disappearance from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is killed by Yurinov, along with Barnes.

Fiona Glascott as Minerva McGonagall (Fantastic Beasts)

Fiona Glascott as Minerva McGonagall (Fantastic Beasts)
Fiona Glascott as Minerva McGonagall (Fantastic Beasts)

A former student of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Headmistress, as well as one of Albus Dumbledore’s Army. She served as a professor emeritus for some time before her post was taken by her successor, Pomona Sprout. McGonagall has a strict demeanor but is very caring; however, it is implied that she does not like being mistaken for her cat Animagus form.

Who is the youngest Dumbledore?

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. In that film, Dumbledore is played by Michael Gambon. Gambon was born August 21, 1940 making him 68 years old at time of filming, though he looks younger. Dumbledore is depicted as being around age 110 by Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1.

Who was Dumbledore in love with?

Dumbledore was deeply and unrequitedly in love with Gellert Grindelwald, who would become a dark wizard he had been friends with at Hogwarts. Dumbledore’s family disapproved of Grindelwald, but when Dumbledore fell for him, his brother Aberforth stepped up to protect them both by joining Grindelwald’s side.

Is Dumbledore Young in Fantastic Beasts?

Rowling has said that Dumbledore is younger in Fantastic Beasts, while Eddie Redmayne said he’s portrayed as an older man. So, is Dumbledore young or old? How did Rowling describe him? Do you think it will make any difference to his relationship with Grindelwald?

What did Dumbledore do when he was young?

We know that, when he was young, Dumbledore obtained a wand from Ollivander, joined Grindelwald on a trip to Gringotts Wizarding Bank and purchased Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup for one of his many secret purposes. We also know that he worked at Hogwarts as a teacher right after leaving school until being recruited by Grindelwald.

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