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Michael Gambon wants to be in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them… but not as who you think

January 30th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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It’s hard to believe that the last Harry Potter film was released way back in 2011. Never fear Potter fans, the release of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is just around the corner so you won’t have long to wait before the magical world of witchcraft and wizardry is back on the big screen.

There’s a big difference between the Harry Potter franchise and Fantastic Beasts thought, given that there are decades between the two. However, we were thrilled to hear that Michael Gambon has shown his interest in making an appearance in the film. But how we hear you ask?

Speaking to The Express (via Squareeyed) at the red carpet event for Dad’s Army, he hinted at a possible way for our favourite Hogwarts Headmaster to make a cameo appearance:

“I want to be in it, yes. They’ve got a Dumbledore. They’ll have a young Dumbledore, won’t they? But I could be his dad. They could flashback to me.”

Could Dumbledore be making a return to the world of Harry Potter after all? Because that would be epic! Don’t you think?

Regardless, Fantastic Beasts sounds promising with J.K. Rowling penning the screenplay alongside director David Yates who was responsible for Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2.

The film itself is set in 1926 in none other than The Big Apple. It follows the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards, seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book at Hogwarts. Harry Potter meets The Roaring Twenties and by the sounds of it, we’re in for one heck of a cinematic ride!

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will be arriving in a cinema near you on November 18 2016.


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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.