Most of the characters who come into the Fantastic Beasts universe will be new, but one who will need no introduction is Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. We’ve seen him as the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and a mentor to a young Harry Potter. However, the story of young Dumbledore is as fascinating as Harry’s, and it was glimpsed in snippets from J.K. Rowling’s books. One of his most notable accomplishments was defeating Gellert Grindelwald in 1945.
Fantastic Beasts starts its story in 1926, and Dumbledore is mentioned in passing. However, the production is now in the process of casting young Dumbledore, and it’s likely he will be a major character in the upcoming films, giving us a glimpse into the kindly wizard who would one day go on to guide The Boy Who Lived.
With this in mind, we have a few suggestions on who could play the beloved Hogwarts professor. Before we launch into our suggestions, it’s worth noting that it’s difficult to know how old the production will want Dumbledore to be in the movies. Although in an interview, Rowling said that Dumbledore lived to be 150, on her official website she said he lived to the age of 115 or 116. He was born in 1881, so he would be in his late 40s if Fantastic Beasts 2 picks up a few years after the first movie. Additionally, in the books, Dumbledore had a relationship with Grindelwald, and Depp is in his early 50s. So it’s safe to assume that they’ll want an actor in his late 40s, early 50s to play Dumbledore.