Jared Harris Responds to Dumbledore Casting Rumours for 'Fantastic Beasts 2'
Jared Harris is the son of the late Richard Harris, who played Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films. So it makes sense that fans would rally behind the younger actor to play a younger version of the character.
But while Harris is aware of the rumours, he doesn't expect to receive a call. "
They’re obviously thinking about it. I haven’t heard anything and I don’t expect to. It’s not up to me. Having seen [fan campaigns] before I find that [film bosses] don’t like to have their hands forced. These campaigns almost always go in a different direction."
It's true that fan petitions and the like are never successful, so it continues to be strange that fans continue to push them. Besides that, Harris is a capable actor of around the right age. The sequel to Fantastic Beasts could certainly do a lot worse.