The time has come to feast your eyes on Young Dumbledore. Warner Bros. has finally dropped a trailer for the upcoming blockbuster Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald—and it’s largely the Dumbledore show, featuring ample footage of Jude Law and his crinkly baby-blues inhabiting the role of the genius wizard and Hogwarts headmaster. Who could have guessed all those decades ago when Harry Potter first began that Dumbledore—wizened, hoary-headed, full of unvarnished whimsy—would be reimagined in the extended cinematic universe as a matinee babe? J.K. Rowling, that’s who.
The trailer is light on plot details, bopping back and forth between Newt Scamander’s (played by a charmingly guileless Eddie Redmayne) gray America, Paris, and Hogwarts, where young Dumbledore (in a very crisp suit, instead of the usual Hogwarts-appropriate robe) is asked about the escape of evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp, to the dismay of many fans). As you may recall, the first Fantastic Beasts ended with Grindelwald escaping the government’s custody and dashing off to corral pure-blood wizards into rising up over the rest of the world. A simple plan, to be sure! Dumbledore, one of the only wizards powerful enough to stop him, enlists Scamander’s help, and the pair of them jet off to stop Grindelwald cold.
As fans of the canonical Potter world will remember, Rowling has confirmed that Dumbledore is gay and was in love with Grindelwald in his youth. However, don’t expect to see any hint of that particular backstory in this installment. Director David Yatessaid in a recent interview that Dumbledore’s sexuality won’t explicitly be referenced in the movie. “But I think all the fans are aware of that,” he continued. “He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology, and each other.” Mhmm—that’s certainly what everyone wants to see, right? One of the most important characters in the wider Harry Potter universe, falling in love with another man’s ideas. That sounds even milder than Beauty and the Beast’s “exclusively gay moment.”
Alas (earwax!), there are at least other goodies in the trailer to distract yourself with while you mourn this absurd deletion of Dumbledore’s identity. The trailer gives us a glimpse at Zoë Kravitz playing Leta Lestrange, Scamander’s close friend who is briefly mentioned in the first Fantastic Beasts. We also get a peek at Scamander’s brother Theseus, played by Callum Turner, at the 1:36 mark of the trailer. We’ll just have to keep poring over the details until the film hits theaters on Nov. 16.