Jude Law to play Dumbledore

Potterheads have been holding their breath to find out who would play their beloved wizard Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter prequels.

And the iconic role has officially been filled by two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law.

British star Jude Law will step into some iconic robes. Source: Getty

Variety reports that the 44-year-old Brit will play the younger version of the powerful wizard Dumbledore, after everyone from Ewan MacGregor to Mad Men star Jared Harris (son of original Dumbledore actor Richard Harris) were reportedly considered for the part.

Richard Harris played Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films before his 2002 death. Source: Warner Bros.

“Jude Law is a phenomenally talented actor whose work I have long admired, and I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work with him,” the films’ director David Yates told the official Harry Potter website Pottermore.

Michael Gambon picked up where Richard left off. Source: Warner Bros.

“I know he will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.”

A group of Hogwarts students formed Dumbledore's Army in his name. Source: Warner Bros

The next Fantastic Beasts film will feature the future Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry headmaster back when he was a teacher at the academy.

Albus Dumbledore will meet his match in Johnny Depp's villain Gellert Grindelwald. Source: Warner Bros

The Pottermore site confirms: "At this point in the story [Dumbledore] is the wizarding school's Transfiguration professor and a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald – the Dark wizard we met in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, played by Johnny Depp.”

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The film is slated for released in 2018.

Accio, popcorn!

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