The Fantastic Beasts Universe is coming up with its third entry into the prequel series to the Harry Potter franchise. Many prominent characters from the original seven-part Harry Potter universe have made an appeared in the Fantastic Beasts movies. But one major Harry Potter character is missing. Hagrid is yet to make an appearance. The gentle giant has not showed up in the prequel but there might be a way for him to do just that. Dan Fogler, star of Fantastic Beasts, states a theory for Hagrid’s great comeback into a live action movie set within Rowling’s enchanted universe.
The Fantastic Beasts movies serve as a prequel to the Harry Potter Universe, showing us a glimpse of the Wizarding World before the events of Harry Potter set in. The movie franchise officially cut the ribbon after J.K Rowling, author of the acclaimed Harry Potter series of books, rendered the 2001 Guidebook Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them into a spin-off prequel series of novels in 2016. The first movie was a critical and commercial success, gaining rave reviews and hundreds of millions of dollars in Box office sales as profits. The second movie – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was not as successful. Starring Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, the movie could not re-enact the magic of its predecessor and ultimately fell short.
A third Fantastic Beasts movie is all set for release with a November 2021 release date. Warner Brothers Studios are supposedly trying to give Fantastic Beasts 3, a new approach. There will be several new improvements for the third Fantastic Beasts movie, chief among which will be addition of several classic characters from the original Harry Potter lore. It is all in an attempt to salvage the situation and jump-start the Fantastic Beasts universe with a fresher, better movie after its recent-most debacle.
The addition of legacy characters like Hagrid will be a good way of doing that. It is not like this is some new formula the Fantastic Beasts universe is trying. Nagini has already appeared in Fantastic Beasts: The Crime of Grindelwald. She was played by Claudia Kim in the movie. Jude Law played a young Albus Dumbledore in the same movie. Minerva McGonagall, played by Fiona Glascott, also made a small but prominent cameo in the movie.
Fantastic Beasts 3 will continue with the tradition by introducing and expanding upon the tales of well-known Harry Potter characters. Eddie Redmayne, who plays the lead character of Newt in Fantastic Beasts 3, has also shared a similar opinion about Hagrid., In a Reddit interview in 2019, Redmayne gave cryptic remarks about Rubeus Hagrid’s return to the prequel series. Fantastic Beasts 3 was already rumored to have roped in the character. Redmayne’s statement only added fuel to that blazing inferno. Other sources claimed that Tom Riddle, the younger version of Lord Voldemort, could be coming back for Fantastic Beasts 3.
Whether Riddle and Hagrid are coming for the third Fantastic Beasts movie is yet to be officially confirmed, but Dan Fogler has given us some insights on how at least one of the characters could dig back their way into the franchise.
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In a recent interview, Dan Fogler brought up his theory on Hagrid’s return. According to the actor, Hagrid’s return to the franchise could be through a “fun connection” with Jacob Kowalski, the character Fogler plays in the Fantastic Beasts movie. According to the theory proposed by Fogler, it will be Hagrid’s mother – the giantess Fridwulfa, who will be crucial in bringing back her son to the movies again. Fridwulfa will first go to the Magizzologist Newt Scamander and request him to take her child in. When Newt would deny any help to Fridwulfa, she would turn to Jacob Kowalski for assistance. Kowalski, always the man with the golden heart, will agree, taking Hagrid in. Kowalski would then put Hagrid into foster care. As time passes by, Hagrid would grow bigger and older, becoming the iconic game-keeper of Hogwarts.
But Dan Fogler did not just stop there. He went on to claim there might be other Harry Potter characters that are going to chip in with an appearance in Fantastic Beasts 3. Fantastic Beasts 2 has revealed many younger versions of the professors of Hogwarts Schools of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They were at their absolute peak and prime. We might go far as to say that the third Fantastic Beasts movie might be considering adding not just Professors but also future Hogwarts students into the mix. A very simple and already available technique to do that would be to use time travel magic. Such magic already exists in the Wizarding World Universe as seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Fogler states that the Time Turner is going to be very important for the next few Fantastic Beasts movies.
“With the whole Time-Turner thing, you could really have anybody show up.”
Hermione or an older version of Dumbledore might end up in the past. This opens up a door to tremendous opportunities. If Fantastic Beasts 3 or the future sequels does have the time travel concept, things are going to look very interesting in the long run. For now, we can safely assume that Warner Brothers is at least pulling in all favors to keep things interesting as far as Fantastic Beasts 3 is concerned. They need to make sure the debacle that was Fantastic Beasts 2 is not repeated ever again.
Hagrid’s inclusion will only reinforce the Harry Potter prequel franchise. Since both Newt and Hagrid share a mutual love for magical creatures, Rubeus Hagrid would make for a good companion for Newt Scamander. Robbie Coltrane’s character is a fan-favorite in the Harry Potter universe. But given his age and the fact that there might be continuity errors leading to massive plot-holes, do not expect Hagrid to show up the way he did in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Fantastic Beasts 3 is rumored to be set within the 1930’s. Hagrid was but a child back then. The movie needs to come up with a believable road map for Hagrid, if they are even considering him that is. Dan Fogler even states that the older Harry Potter version of the character might also be able to show up in Fantastic Beasts 3 but that would require some powerful sorcery and wizardry, not something that is scarce in the Wizarding World. Everybody’s favorite half-giant might finally be coming back to the big screens in November 2021.