Fantastic Beasts: J.K. Rowling Gave Jude Law Dumbledore’s Entire Backstory

Later this year, we will have a chance to see a younger take on the iconic character, Dumbledore. While the character has been played by two actors already (Richard Harris and Michael Gambon), this new interpretation will see him decades younger, and will also see him interacting with Newt Scamander, the lead of the Fantastic Beasts film series.

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But what exactly can we expect from this new take? If you know anything about Harry Potter author and Fantastic Beasts 1 and 2 screenwriter J.K. Rowling (who is well-known for knowing all the ins and outs of her world), it’s probably not surprising that she had some thoughts as to how actor Jude Law should play him. Speaking with ET Online, Law mentioned that he had a conversation with Rowling about the character.

“Do you know what I did? I sat in a room for an afternoon with J.K. Rowling, and I listened to her extraordinary words of wisdom. She was kind enough to share with me the whole backstory and her future hopes for this young character of Dumbledore and really that set me on the path. I just did what the writer said.”

Work like this is par for the course for many actors. However, in this particular instance, it must have been a godsend to have a writer on board who had just as much investment in this character as he did.

Actually having contact with someone who knew every in and out of the character would be immensely helpful, and will help to give the character an undercurrent of motivation. While Dumbledore is an unabashed good guy, he’s also a man with many secrets, and we can’t wait to see how Law will play him.

What do you hope to see from Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald? Let us know down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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