We’ve seen the end years of Albus Dumbledore’s life in the Harry Potter series, so why should we care about his younger counterpart’s influence in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film series?
The new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the new five-film series written by J.K. Rowling based off of one of the Hogwarts textbooks in Harry Potter, promises to explore the time as the first infamous wizard, Grindelwald, rose to power.
As you may remember from the Potter series, Dumbledore’s fame stemmed from his famous takedown of Gellert Grindelwald, who was once his best friend/possibly more than that.
Their ties are explored in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s friendship grew from their wanderlust in the search for the hallows, which resulted in a duel with Aberforth that killed the youngest Dumbledore sibling, Ariana.
So if we have all of this information and why know how and when Dumbledore’s life ended, why should we care about reliving this through Fantastic Beasts?
This film series offers the opportunity to explore Albus before he’s a wise, old man. Even in the very end, he was always a man of mistakes, always a man who owned up to and fixed his own mistakes, and his deathly encounter with Marvolo Gaunt’s ring proved just that.
Many have remarked Albus as possibly the brightest person they’ve ever met, intelligence-wise, so living through probably the darkest time in his life would offer great insight into the old man that we all grew to love, despite his many flaws. The backstory in HP7 wasn’t fulfilling enough to quench the thirst for knowledge of the olden wizarding days, to the time where the second darkest wizard of all time was rising to power all throughout the world.
Learning about Newt Scamander and his adventures in North America throughout this time will be very interesting, too, as the beasts he carries are potentially fatal threats to the Muggle or (No-Maj) world.
Going back in the past of the Wizarding World gives Rowling the opportunity to explore mere thoughts that she mentioned in the Potter series, especially with the older characters that had already established themselves and become so well-known and powerful. If younger Albus Dumbledore had to destroy his best friend, what toll would that take on him in the coming years? Also, who else just wants to see when and how Dumbledore and McGonagall became best friends?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premieres in cinemas on November 18th. Watch the latest trailer below!