Let's Talk About Dumbledore Seeing Grindelwald in The Mirror of Erised

San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, trailers have been shown, and conclusions drawn from mere minutes of footage. Chief among them, at least for Potterheads following the Warner Bros. presentation in Hall H which included a new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, was a split second moment featuring young Dumbledore seeing a particular person in the Mirror of Erised.

If you didn't see the trailer, it's pretty incredible:

There is so much in there to take apart and talk about — the use of the diluminator, Dumbledore teaching students how to best a boggart, and of course that AWESOME cameo at the end. If you fast forward to 1:35 though, you see Jude Law as Dumbledore standing at the Mirror of Erised, where he happens to see Johnny Depp as Grindelwald reflected.

If you'll recall, the Mirror has a special magical purpose: to show the heart's greatest desire. We've witnessed what it showed Harry Potter — his parents, alive and well. Ron told Harry he saw himself being head boy and holding the Quidditch Cup.

Looking at this moment as presented in the trailer, it would appear that what Dumbledore desires most is Grindelwald. It could be by his side, it could be captured and reined in, or it could be the romantic relationship between the two.

It'll be interesting to see where they go with this; maybe this moment won't actually have any relevance in the film, but what if it does?!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to hit theaters on November 16th, 2018.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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