Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to release next weekend and it seems like it includes another major Harry Potter character.
According to PopCulture.com, Minerva McGonagall will be another major character to feature in the newest franchise. The character was originally reprised by Maggie Smith.
The younger version of Professor McGonagall will be portrayed by Fiona Glascott. The 35-year old actress has appeared in Showtime’s episodes. She will appear alongside a younger version of Albus Dumbledore, which is to be played by Jude Law.
As reported by the website, this latest inclusion comes out as surprising as McGonagall was born in 1935, according to the source material while Fantastic Beasts is set in 1926.
Given that Fiona Glascott wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the production notes released by Warner Bros, fans shouldn’t expect McGonagall to play a major role in the film.
Meanwhile, J.K. Rowling also talked about the future of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, saying that it’s mapped out.
“As with the Harry Potter books, it is all mapped out,” Rowling told Entertainment Weekly. “In fact, when we announced the five films, I talked about that. It’s always possible that some details will change along the way, but the arc of the story is there.
“It’s been an amazing opportunity to tell parts of the backstory that never made it into the original books. I’m thinking particularly of one character that I think fans will be surprised to meet in this movie.”
While the first two films take place in Europe, Rowling expressed her excitement to explore other areas around the world.
“It’s far too early to spoil anything,” Rowling said. “What I can say is that we’ll go to at least one new city in the next film, possibly two, and I’m keen to move outside Europe and North America. But you’ll just have to wait and see.”
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will hit the theaters on November 16th