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Fantastic Beasts Is Looking for a Teenage Dumbledore, Grindelwald, Newt, Leta Lestrange, and Someone Named Sebastian


If you were one of those people who responded to Jude Law’s casting as young Dumbledore with a “well, I also wanted to see a young young Dumbledore” (because same), a new casting call might inspire some excitement for a Hogwarts flashback and origin story.

Pottermore shared an open casting call that announced the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel is looking for their teenage Newt Scamander, Gellert Grindelward, Albus Dumbledore, Leta Lestrange, and some person named Sebastian. Leta, for those unfamiliar, was briefly alluded to in Fantastic Beasts when Newt mentions that the two used to be friends. We can guess that Sebastian is probably another Hogwarts student.

The call asks for actors between 13 and 16 for Newt, Leta, and Sebastian and between 16 and 19 for Grindelwald and Dumbledore. That’s two young duos (one of them definitely romantic and the other ambiguous) torn apart when one becomes too drawn to the dark arts, AKA one of my favorite tropes.

For those interested:

“To apply for the Fantastic Beasts open casting call, email [email protected] with a recent colour photograph, (i.e., taken within the last two months), contact telephone number, your home address and date of birth. Anyone under 18 must ask a parent or guardian to send the application.

No previous acting experience is necessary, but applicants need to be eligible to work in the UK (meaning they must be a UK, Irish or EU passport holder), and be available for filming between August and November 2017.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 20 June 2017 at midnight GMT. If there is interest in pursuing an application further, the applicant will hear back within 14 days of their original submission. While every applicant will be considered, only those passing the initial consideration round will be contacted.”

Are you excited to see teenage versions of our wizarding heroes?

(via Nerdist, Image: Warner Bros.)

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