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Jude Law Reveals a Major Change to the Young Dumbledore Character for Upcoming ‘Fantastic Beasts Film
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If you’re anything like us, you’ve been furiously hunting for your time-turner to make the premiere of the Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, arrive faster.

But to tide us over, we have some exciting news from Jude Law, who plays Young Dumbledore in the upcoming film about his friend-turned-foe Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp). In an interview with EW, Law reveals that the Hogwarts character we know and love is quite a bit different in his youth, including one particularly important change: his teaching.

Contrary to the Harry Potter books, which state that Dumbledore taught Transfiguration classes before becoming Headmaster of Hogwarts, Law says he teaches a different subject entirely. “He doesn’t teach Transfiguration, actually, not at this stage,”Law said. The new subject assigned to young Albus? Possibly Defense Against the Dark Arts, though it’s really anyones guess.

Law, who sat down with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling last year to discuss the role of a magical lifetime, says of young Albus: “…there’s a sense of humor and mischief, a dash of anarchy, a sense of what’s right and what he believes in, and a sense of mystery. There’s also how he comes around to get people onto his way of thinking, which is rather indirectly. He also has a certain heaviness about him that I don’t want to reveal too much about—and that’s something he has to overcome, or hopes to overcome.” 

Guess we’ll just have to wait ’til November 19 to find out exactly what that heaviness is (and we’re pretty sure it’s not a misplaced Philosopher’s Stone).

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