Potterheads know all about the legendary duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, and they were gearing up for it when Dumbledore was announced for a film called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. As it turns out, the two won’t actually share scenes in the movie, and we should expect the epic duel to come sometime in a future movie.
Jude Law tells Entertainment Weekly:
“I don’t actually have any scenes with Johnny [Depp]. As I said before, this is only Part 2 of a longer story. I’ve always admired him from afar, but we don’t know each other, and I’ve not yet met him on this. In many ways that suits the relationship as it’s been many years since they’ve seen each other. So there’s complexity in that that’s fun to mine. Again, the past will reveal itself.”
Granted the Dumbledore here might have already clashed with Grindelwald before, as it was the duel in their youth that lead to the death of Dumbledore’s litter sister Ariana. Then again, I think that backstory will be explored more in a future movie. It’s worth noting that Ariana probably has the same affliction that Credence (Ezra Miller) has—his repression of magic has lead him to be an Obscurial.
No doubt the history of Dumbledore and Grindelwald will be explored in this movie, but the story is ultimately Newt Scamander’s. Hopefully J.K. Rowling has an amazing arc to explore wherever she goes with this new franchise of movies.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald comes out Nov. 16.