Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: J.K. Rowling explains Dumbledore, Newt Scamander connection
The new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer revealed plenty of new details about the wizarding world of 1920s New York, including a new glimpse at MACUSA (the U.S. Ministry of Magic), a mysterious campaign event for a candidate named Shaw, and a few, well, fantastic beasts. But one of the biggest reveals involved Fantastic Beasts’ Hufflepuff hero, Newt Scamander — and his connection to a familiar face from the world of Harry Potter.
Specifically, the trailer reveals that Newt (Eddie Redmayne) was expelled from Hogwarts for “endangering human life with a beast,” but one of his teachers advocated against his expulsion. That teacher was future Hogwarts headmaster Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore.
After the trailer dropped, Harry Potter author and Fantastic Beasts screenwriter J.K. Rowling took to Twitter to discuss the relationship between Scamander and Dumbledore, teasing, “Albus Dumbledore is fond of Newt Scamander for the same reasons that I am fond of Newt Scamander.”
She also added that even Dumbledore’s advocacy wasn’t enough to stop Newt’s expulsion, as Dumbledore was still only “a young teacher” at the time, and he had no power to revoke expulsions.
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So will Dumbledore make an actual appearance in Fantastic Beasts? (Pottermore gives Dumbledore’s birth year as 1881, so he’d be in his 40s during the events of Fantastic Beasts.) In EW’s November cover story on the film, producer David Heyman said not to expect any familiar faces in this first film — but there’s a chance that wizards we already know could pop up down the line.
Fantastic Beasts hits theaters on Nov. 18.