Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters in less than a month, and Evanna Lynch, the endearingly spacey Luna Lovegood in the original Harry Potter films, can't wait for fans to see the franchise's new Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law.
"He is so perfect as Dumbledore," Lynch told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday at Animal Equality's annual gala. "He totally captures that serenity, that inner peace."
Potter lovers got their first glimpse of Law's Wizarding World debut in early trailers for the film, which feature him as a younger, more clean-shaven version of the beloved Hogwarts headmaster. And according to Lynch, who has seen some early footage, Law's youthful appearance isn't the only transformation moviegoers can expect from the powerful wizard.
"He captures the manipulative side of Dumbledore," Lynch continued. "Dumbledore's a kind person — he's nice. He's not manipulative in an evil way. He wants to get people on his side, fighting for the right thing. You see that in book six, and that's really shown more, explored more, in this movie. From what I've seen, I think he's perfect."
Crimes of Grindelwald functions not only as the sequel to the first Fantastic Beasts installment, but also as a prequel to the original Potter saga. Written by Potter author J.K. Rowling and directed by veteran Potter director David Yates, the film will explore the backstories of Dumbledore and Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), as well as more minor characters from the canon, including Lord Voldemort's snake, Nagini, in her human form (Claudia Kim).
"The second movie goes so much deeper into the world," Lynch said. "It really gives much more texture to all the characters that we know and love as the secondary characters — the adults who were running Hogwarts — so I'm so excited. A lot of bombshells are going to be dropped in this movie, which I can't wait for the rest of the fans to find out."
Out Nov. 16, Crimes of Grindelwald also sees the returns of Fantastic Beasts players Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Ezra Miller, along with newcomers Kim and Zoe Kravitz in key roles. Lynch served as a presenter at the Animal Equality event, which celebrated the organization's dedication to sustainable, animal-friendly diets.
More Animal Equality guests included Kate Mara, Rooney Mara, Lou Adler, John Salley, Daniella Monet, Daisy Fuentes and more. Honorees Nic Adler, Kat Von D and Ethan Brown gave speeches throughout the night advocating for humane treatment of animals.