Tim Bustin goes full-on fantasy casting for the role of young Albus Dumbledore.
Harry Potter, the fantasy franchise we love to pretend is reality, came back strong this weekend with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. With this standalone film setting up numerous sequels that are looking more like Dumbledore-prequels, we’ll soon need an actor to play the younger wizard master. But, apart from working against Johnny Depp’s dark wizard Grindlewald, what qualities will this actor need – and who should get the role?
According to J K Rowling’s website, Dumbledore was born in 1881, making him 45 in Fantastic Beasts’ 1926 setting. Even when we knew him as an 115-year old, Dumbledore was full of life; a younger man could be an unstoppable energetic force but also headstrong and more vulnerable. We know Dumbledore’s weakness is Grindlewald, his best friend growing up and perhaps even a lover at times. Dumbledore here is still intelligent, caring and open-minded but also reeling from losing his friend and delaying their final confrontation, despite all the monstrosities Grindlewald creates.
So, with that in mind, who should play him? Here are some of the best suggestions fans, experts and the internet have to offer:
And here’s a few quickfire names the internet dug up:
· Ben Winshaw
· Colin Firth
· Hugo Weaving
· Tom Hanks
· Mark Rylance
· Eddie Izzard
· Michael Gambon (aided by youth-making technology)
The internet and fans aren’t exactly known for their accuracy with reactions to casting decisions, however, just look at all of Marvel’s controversial choices and how brilliantly they all turned out. And with that in mind it’s important to remember that just as significant the casting is, it’s the story that will be told in the Fantastic Beasts sequel, not just who plays Dumbledore, that will make the film truly magical. With Newt and Dumbledore hinted at being close in Fantastic Beasts, are we going to eventually return to Hogwarts? It’s unclear where this franchise is heading geographically, but seeing Johnny Depp and a young Dumbledore go toe-to-toe is going to be worth the screentime for that alone.