Released in 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them served as a prequel to the blockbusting Harry Potter films. And in this year's sequel The Crimes of Grindelwald, we will be meeting a young version of legendary Hogwarts wizard, Albus Dumbledore.
The film will focus again on Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) the main character from Fantastic Beasts, and he will join forces with his old professor Dumbledore (played as a younger man by Jude Law) in order to stop dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) from raising a pure-blood wizarding army to rule over Muggles (non-magical people).
In the latest trailer for the film, it's clear that distributor Warner Bros are following other huge cinematic universes by formally establishing that Fantastic Beasts 2 is set in the 'Wizarding World'. This ensures audiences recognise that these films occurs within the same story as the Harry Potter franchise, and also helps to establish future instalments (it has already been announced that Fantastic Beasts will be a trilogy).
By being part of the 'Wizarding World', there are tons of references and bits of information that are bound to surface in the latest film, especially concerning Albus Dumbledore. He's known to everyone as Harry Potter's headteacher at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, but before that era, Dumbledore was a professor to rebellious Newt – and even before that was friends with Grindelwald.
As with any huge franchise, there's a lot of things that are strictly official, as written or confirmed by author of the novels, J.K Rowling, and things that are invented by fans in fan fiction and other works of culture. Here are the things we hope are confirmed in the new Fantastic Beasts film.
His family history
There were a couple of flashbacks in the original Harry Potter series to Dumbledore's childhood, but it wasn't extensively focused on.
From the novels and films, we discovered that he suffered huge family loss growing up. He had a close, magical family: a younger brother and sister, Aberforth and Ariana, and two parents, Kendra and Percival. Percival was sent to Azkaban prison, after seeking revenge on a group of muggle boys who attacked Ariana.
This left Kendra to look after their children but once Dumbledore returned from Hogwarts, his sister accidentally killed Kendra due to her not being able to control her magic since her attack. Dumbledore was then left to begrudgingly look after his two younger siblings.
This was not even the start of his heartbreak, as Ariana was killed after a duel between Albus, Aberforth and the aforementioned Gerrett Grindelwald (more on him in a moment), but neither knows who's spell hit her. From that moment, Dumbledore was never been the same.
We reckon some of this will be explored in the film, especially the material about his sister's death as that directly involved Grindelwald.
We saw this famous wizarding village in the Harry Potter films. It's where Harry lived as a baby with his parents, and the setting for that famous night where Voldemort tried to kill him.
Before Harry Potter's arrival however, it was famous for being the quiet wizarding village in which Dumbledore lived with his mother and sister. They moved here to keep to themselves, after rumours began that Percival Dumbledore hated Muggles, and to keep the young and confused Ariana safe.
You may remember Harry visited Godric's Hollow, but in Fantastic Beasts 2 we think we may see this village again due to a huge event from Dumbledore's life. This is where Ariana died in an event known as the 'Duel at Godric's Hollow'. Dumbledore and his friend Grindelwald were going to leave Godric's Hollow in search of the Deathly Hallows, to help them rule over Muggles.
Aberforth was unhappy that Dumbledore was going to leave their younger sister, so a duel broke out and one of the killing curses struck Ariana. Once this happened, Grindelwald fled from Britain. Godric's Hollow will definitely be seen, either in a flashback or a visit from Dumbledore, in the new film.
There's a lot of debate as to Albus Dumbledore's sexuality. Some have interpreted, from fan fiction, that Albus was in love with Grindelwald, and others say that they were just friends.
It is unlikely this will be explored in the new film, however, as the film's director David Yates explained recently. Nevertheless, J.K Rowling has previously confirmed that she believes Dumbledore was in love with Grindelwald, and a lot of fans are hoping there is, at the very least, confirmation of this is the film.
The reason Dumbledore and Grindelwald wanted to pursue the Deathly Hallows was to enslave Muggles and put Wizards in power. Due to his father going to prison for attacking Muggles, word got around at Hogwarts that Dumbledore, too, hated Muggles.
Many speculate that Dumbledore never hated Muggles and only went along with the plan due to being in love with Grindelwald. Will this be explained in the new Fantastic Beasts film? We're hoping so.
Nadine Shambrook is an Unlimited card holder who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.