"Harry Potter" fans were over the moon to hear a big name dropped in the latest "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" trailer, released Sunday, April 10 during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards.
While a variation on the John Williams-penned "Hedwig's Theme" plays, auror Graves (Colin Farrell) voice overs, "Kicked out of Hogwarts for endangering human life with a beast. Yet one of your teachers argued strongly against your expulsion. I wonder ... what makes Albus Dumbledore so fond of you, Mr. Scamander?"
To add more hype to the Dumbledore name-drop, "Fantastic Beasts" star Dan Fogler recently told MTV News, "As the stories go along, you will hear mention of your favorite characters, and you may meet their young counterparts along the way."
Fogler is playing coy about just which characters fans can look forward to, pleading the Fifth when asked specifically about Dumbledore. That kinda, sorta leads us to believe we may get a glimpse of a young Albus in the new movie.
If Dumbledore really is a champion of Scamander's at Hogwarts, it wouldn't be hard to have him pop up at some point, which got us thinking -- what other "Harry Potter" characters could the movie incorporate, either seen or only heard about?
No, no -- not marauder Sirius. But Black's great-grandfather was Sirius Black II and he was born in 1877, putting him in his late 40s in "Fantastic Beasts." It would be cool to see Sirius' great-grandfather, who maybe bears some resemblance to a young Gary Oldman. But even without seeing him, there could easily be a mention of the rise of the Dark Arts in Europe that incorporates both Black and ...
Sure, "Fantastic Beasts" is set some 20 years before Grindelwald's famous duel with Dumbledore, but that doesn't mean ol' Gellert isn't still getting up to some shenanigans. He left Britain after Ariana's death in 1899, stole the Elder Wand from Gregorovitch and started building up followers at Nurmengard, so it's entirely possible Newt and Co. have heard of this infamous Dark Wizard.
Albus' younger brother would have been roughly 42 when "Fantastic Beasts" takes place. There's no known date for when Aberforth took over as barman at the Hog's Head Inn in Hogsmeade. So maybe he came to America for a while to get away from his brother, as their relationship became quite strained after Ariana's death. Wouldn't it be an awesome Easter egg for fans if some random bartender in 1920s New York was offhandedly referred to as "Aberforth"?
Sybill Trelawney's great-great-grandmother, this "Harry Potter" character is referred to as a "legendary" Seer multiple times in the series, so it stands to reason that her Divination powers might be known worldwide. We don't know her birth date, but if you do a little math based on Sybill's guessed age, Cassandra would probably have been in her 60s or 70s in 1926, which is positively young and sprightly for a witch. Either way, if she is still alive, that would be another fun little Easter egg for fans.
Arcturus Black III
Sirius II isn't the only Black family member around in the 1920s. In fact, there are quite a few. But keeping close to Sirius Black III's lineage, Arcturus Black, grandfather to Sirius and Regulus, is the perfect age of 25 when the film is set. Maybe instead of mentioning the great-grandfather, it's really the grandfather to one of "Harry Potter's" most beloved characters who makes an appearance.
Finally, don't lose hope if you get through "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" without any "Harry Potter" glimpses or mentions (aside from the Dumbledore one already shown in the trailer). The film is part of a trilogy, which means there are still two movies left in which to spot some connections to the Potterverse.
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" opens Nov. 18, 2016.