Universal Pictures announced today that Jude Law would be taking on the role of a young Dumbledore in the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and it’s already caused a ruckus.
No one’s objecting to the casting decision, but the fact that Law will play a younger Dumbledore, after starring as the Young Pope on HBO, has people snickering. A slew of of old Young Pope memes have resurfaced as a reaction to the casting news.
We're in for SUCH good Young Pope memes with Jude Law as Dumbledore. This has revitalised my interest in HP more than JKR could ever.— Kat-kaesque (@katmsinclair) April 12, 2017
Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, is one of the most important figures in the Harry Potter series. In Fantastic Beasts, he’ll also play a key role in defeating the evil wizard Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp.
In the original Harry Potter franchise, Dumbledore is an elderly wizard, full of sage advice for the younger wizards attending his school. In Fantastic Beasts, we’ll see a version of him that hasn’t been on a big screen before. No pressure, Jude.
Still people can’t help themselves wondering if there’s an elaborate universe where the Young Pope was Young Dumbledore all along?
Internet don't let me down. Where are the elaborate theories that the Young Pope WAS Dumbledore all along, taking a break to troll Muggles pic.twitter.com/ulzVQ8PQIK— Lauren Sarner (@LaurenSarner) April 12, 2017
YOUNG POPE IS DUMBLEDORE CONFIRMED https://t.co/7jkghX23II— Rick Short (@ricky_short) April 12, 2017
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” pic.twitter.com/OP9uQJHCJ3— Marco Sparks (@marcosparks) April 12, 2017
@matthew_peddie I'm interpreting this news to mean Dumbledore briefly left Hogwarts to become the Young Pope. And/or that Law is only taking robed roles now— Jeff Weiner (@JeffWeinerOS) April 12, 2017
The memes and comparisons will only become more elaborate and frequent once production begins on the sequel and photos of Law are released. Until then, we’ll just have to imagine that he gets to keep his papal vestments heading into the film.
The Fantastic Beasts sequel is slated to be released on Nov. 16, 2018. All of The Young Pope is available to binge on HBO Now.