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New FANTASTIC BEASTS 2 Photos Feature a Very Handsome Young Dumbledore

We’re still 11 months away from the next installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, with The Crimes of Grindelwald set to hit theaters until November. But in the great tradition of Harry Potter we’re using that time to try to solve the mystery of what to expect from the film. While the two newest photos from the movie aren’t eager to give up any secrets, we’ve still managed to unlock some insights from them. Although it doesn’t take a brilliant detective to realize young Albus Dumbledore was one handsome wizard.

Warner Bros. released two new photos from the film, and each features one of the two former friends who will eventually become rivals, Dumbledore and Grindelwald. Let’s start with Dumbledore, because damn, the future Hogwarts Headmaster was a good-looking younger man.

Beyond that, there are a couple of sneaky hints as to what might be going on here. First is where and how he is sitting. Unless young Dumbledore was incredibly rude/a monster we’d imagine he’s sitting on his own desk, which means that might be his old office at Hogwarts when he was still just a Transfiguration professor. The stone walls behind resemble those of the wizarding school, and that’s the most logical place for him to be.

And while there’s no indication who the man behind him is, his very stylish clothes do resemble the costumes seen in the first movie set in New York City. That coat certainly screams big city fashion a lot more than it does school professor, so could he be a representative of MACUSA who has come to ask Dumbledore for help in capturing Grindelwald, who we know starts this second movie having escaped from imprisonment in America?

Dumbledore told Harry Potter he was reluctant to face his former friend for many years; their grand duel wouldn’t come to a pass until 1945. In this movie, Albus will ask Newt Scamander for help. This could be where Dumbledore decides to take a passive role in stopping Grindelwald, which could endanger many others.

Speaking of the evil Dark Wizard, the second photo shows Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald standing on a city street. This could be New York, London, Paris (three known setting for the film), or anywhere else in Europe. There’s not much to go on here when it comes to Grindelwald, but we do know something about the fashionable lady with him. That’s actress Poppy Corby-Tuech, who is playing Vinda Rosier, “one of Grindelwald’s most trusted followers, a loyal servant to his cause and often at his side.”

In the synopsis of the movie, Warner Bros. says Grindelwald “has set about gathering followers,” however the majority of them are “unsuspecting of his true agenda” of trying to “raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.” We might cause even greater enmity between Newt and his brother Theseus, who is engaged to Newt’s former love interest Leta LeStrange. In the movie “lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world,” although we’re hopeful the brothers will reunite once Grindelwald’s real crimes come to light.

However, when it comes to Vinda Rosier she’s likely to be fully-aware of Grindelwald’s true plans. Not only because she is such a trusted associate, but because siding with evil wizards seems to run in the family. One of her descendants, Evan Rosier, became a Death Eater. Sirius Black proved your bloodline doesn’t always guarantee you’ll follow the same path as the rest of your family, but he was the exception to the rule.

Combined these photos seem to be highlighting the growing danger of one wizard, and the first initial, hesitant step by the only person who can stop him. It might not seem like a lot, but they are more pieces to the puzzle… one of which is very handsome.

But what do you make of these? What do you think they show? Accio your ideas in the comments below.

Images: Warner Bros.

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