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Wild Speculation, Based On Fact, About Harry Potter Spin-Off Fantastic Beasts
We wonder what to expect from J.K. Rowling’s return to her wizarding world

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Wild Speculation, Based On Fact, About Harry Potter Spin-Off Fantastic Beasts | Could We See Any Familiar Characters Return?
Could We See Any Familiar Characters Return?

It’s unlikely but not out of the question. The Potter universe is vast and long-lived, and it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that a young-ish Albus Dumbledore (born 1881) might show up, perhaps with one-time collaborator Nicholas Flamel (born, er, 1327, but then he did have the Philosopher’s Stone to make him immortal) or Dumbledore’s former bosom buddy Gellert Grindlewald (born 1882), who had probably gone bad by this point but had not yet lost his power-breaking duel against Dumbledore.

But our Albus was already teaching at Hogwarts in the early 1920s, and his presence in this film would arguably make this the prequel that Rowling says it is not, so chalk him up as unlikely. In any case, with the except of maybe Jamie Campbell Bower as Grindlewald (bottom left), it's hard to think of any actors who might return, since all the characters would be substantially younger in this story.

Hagrid, Snape, McGonagall and the rest of the Hogwarts staff are sadly too young to feature in this tale (with the possible exception of Professor Slughorn, who might be old enough) and Voldemort wasn’t born until 1926.

In terms of dodgier figures, Lucius Malfoy’s father Abraxas (bottom right) is probably old enough to provide some edge if he turned up, and Professor Phineas Nigellus Black would have been active at the time. He died in 1925 of causes that are not listed in the books, so he could perhaps be twisted to fit a bad guy role: Hogwarts Headmaster breaks bad, or something along those lines. More likely, however, is that Rowling will create a new bad guy and some more American characters to widen the wizarding world.

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making a wizard film about a character the same age as most the audience that were the same age as Harry Potter when the original books came out? clever. More

Posted by sipi on Tuesday September 17, 2013, 18:49

2 Casting
So Scamander should be English and in his early-to-mid-20s? Daniel Radcliffe! Hahahaha More

Posted by Madhava on Tuesday September 17, 2013, 14:02

3 Expand, don't dilute
If we're trying to get a Potterverse up and running, which mightn't necessarily be a bad thing, there's a serious danger that the crucial British flavour of HP might be lost. Two places where Beasts might fall down could be making the world a bit too American, or over-referencing exisitng characters and stories. With Rowling writing I think we can expect something rather brilliant, which is reassuring, but the final scene of Deathly Hallows proves that even the best writers can end up writing hideous fan-fic. Matt Smith would be fantastic, but he'd more or less be playing the Doctor again so I doubt he'd do it. Any other ideas for projects in the Potterverse? I'd be interested to see a TV show about Aurors working for the Ministry, in the vein of Agents of Shield More

Posted by bleugh07 on Monday September 16, 2013, 15:27

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Exciting as this project is, the cynic in me is really thinking that Warner Bros are finally going to get their dream of a (sort of) Potterverse film that'll be set in America and with (probably) a high proportion of US actors in the cast. With the endlessly parochial attitude of US film execs, the fact that the existing, UK-cast and -centric Potter films made many billions at the box office probably didn't fizz on them at all! More

Posted by BelfastBoy on Monday September 16, 2013, 12:56

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