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Jacob Kowalski actor explains how Hagrid could be in Fantastic Beasts 3

Published: 7/Sep/2020 14:11

by Jacob Hale

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Rumors have been circulating for some time now that fan-favorite Harry Potter character Rubeus Hagrid could appear in the next Fantastic Beasts film. Now, star Dan Fogler has offered a theory on how he thinks Hagrid could be included.

Fogler is better known as Jacob Kowalski in the Harry Potter universe, a lovable Muggle (or No-Maj, for our American witches and wizards) that accidentally fell into the magical world when he befriended magizoologist Newt Scamander.

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While Jacob might still be pretty new to the Harry Potter universe, Fogler isn’t, and has come up with his own theory on how Hagrid could be incorporated seamlessly into the story — and it almost, almost makes sense.

Hagrid Harry Potter
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Hagrid is one of the most popular characters in the Harry Potter films.

In an interview with Movie Dweeb, Fogler talks about all manner of things, but of course the subject of Fantastic Beasts 3 comes up.

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The Movie Dweeb asks about the possibility of fan-favorites returning, specifically naming Hagrid as a rumored return, and asks Fogler who he would like to see return.

“There could be that Hagrid crossover that could be very interesting,” Fogler said. “I always thought about that, because I love Hagrid. Who doesn’t love Hagrid?”

He continued: “What if I [Jacob] was his adopted father? She [Hagrid’s mother] comes to Newt and she’s like ‘I have my baby boy, can you take care of him?’… Then there’s just me and I’m like ‘Alright, I’ll take care of this giant kid!’”

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Timestamp at 12:56 in the video below.

Fogler even currently pinpoints something Hagrid said in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as how this could make sense, referring to a conversation the half-giant had with Beauxbatons headmistress Madame Olympe Maxime.

After revealing that his mother was a giantess, Hagrid tells Maxime: “Tiny little bloke, my dad was. By the time I was six I could lift him up and put him on top of the dresser if he annoyed me. Used to make him laugh…”

Of course, there’s no allusion to Hagrid being adopted throughout the Potter series, but it obviously isn’t impossible, and this theory could possibly hold some ground given the context of the Fantastic Beasts films and how this does seem like something Jacob would do.

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He also mentions that with “the whole Time Turner thing” anybody could show up — which may be another hint towards characters showing up in the future.

Obviously, we’ll have to wait and see if Hagrid or other fan-favorite Potter characters pop up in Fantastic Beasts, but Fogler’s theory definitely sounds like a fun one.

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World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.