As the excitement for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them continues to build, there's no shortage of speculation over what (and more excitingly, who) we can expect to see in the film. The main cast may have been announced months ago but the latest teaser trailer for the movie sent fans into a frenzy after hinting that a certain Hogwarts headmaster just might be making a cameo.
As we get our first proper glimpse into the life of our main character, Newt Scamander, auror Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) can be heard saying:
"Kicked out of Hogwarts for endangering human life with a beast. Yet one of your teachers argued strongly against your expulsion. I wonder...what makes Albus Dumbledore so fond of you, Mr. Scamander?"
If you're still not convinced he's making an appearance, how's this for further evidence? Speaking with MTV News at CinemaCon earlier this week, Dan Fogler, who will play the role of Jacob Kowalski in the movie, revealed:
“As the stories go along...I can't give it away! But you will see, you will hear mention of your favorite characters, and you may meet their young counterparts along the way.”
So the big question now is: Which characters and counterparts (plural) could he be referring to? Factually, there are only a handful of characters from the Harry Potter series who would actually have been alive at the time of Newt Scamander's adventures, which are set in 1926, so it's not super hard to guess who might be mentioned. Here are my top picks in order of most to least likely:
1. Albus Dumbledore
This one's kind of obvious. We know that Dumbledore taught Scamander and the pair had some kind of special relationship, so it's highly likely he'll make a cameo at some point — whether in this movie or one of the sequels scheduled for release over the next few years. Old Albie was born in 1881, making him around 45 at the time the movie is set.
2. Gellert Grindelwald
After Ariana Dumbledore's accidental death in 1899, Grindelwald fled Britain to start his life of crime, which would culminate in a duel with Dumbledore over 40 years later. By 1926, he had probably already stolen the Elder Wand from Gregorovitch and started building up followers at Nurmengard. He was considered one of the most powerful Dark Wizards of all time, second only to Voldemort, so it makes sense that Newt and company would have heard of him.
3. Bathilda Bagshot
Not only was she the author of 10 magical books, including A History of Magic, Bagshot also lived in Godric's Hollow, became close friends with the Dumbledores, and was the great aunt of Gellert Grindelwald himself. The things she must have seen! Her birthdate (sometime in the 1880s) puts Bathilda in her mid-40s at the time of the movie, so it's likely she was already making a name for herself as a great magical historian. A handy authority for Newt to consult with perhaps?
4. Nicolas Flamel
Although never actually seen, Nicolas was a prominent character in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. As the owner of the stone, he and his wife were able to produce the Elixir of Life, which helped them to live for over 600 years. Whether the elixir allowed Flamel to maintain a youthful appearance or the famous alchemist's considerable age started to show is unclear, but Flamel was a great friend of Dumbledore's so it would be pretty cool to see these two together.
5. Cassandra Trelawney
The great-great-grandmother of the Hogwarts Divination teacher is referred to as a legendary seer quite a few times over the course of the series, so it's fairly possible that she was a global phenomenon of her time. Although her exact birthdate is unknown, we can guess from Sybil's age that she was probably around 70 in 1926 — practically in the prime of her life, considering she was a witch.
6. Arcturus Black III
Grandfather to Sirius and Regulus, Arcturus Black III would have been at the perfect age of 25 in 1926. Little is known about him other than that he was in Slytherin house (stated by Horace Slughorn), but as noted on the medal Sirius found at 12 Grimmauld Place, Arcturus was awarded the Order of Merlin, First Class for "Services to the Ministry" at some point in his time, so it would be pretty interesting to find out just what those services were.