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Johnny Depp joins Fantastic Beasts sequel in mysterious role

Johnny Depp, never one to shy away from eccentric roles, is joining the wizard world of Harry Potter.

According to Deadline, the actor will play a prominent role in the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The first movie, which Depp will apparently appear in as a secret character, isn’t out until Nov. 18.

With five movies planned for the expanded Harry Potter universe, Warner Bros. clearly has no problem getting its ducks in a row.

Here’s where we start getting into potential spoilers territory. You’ve been warned.

Previous reports have suggested a key Harry Potter character would appear in Fantastic Beasts. Couple that with a video from actor Ezra Miller this week talking about the duel between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald, and the narrative starts coming into focus.

That duel is what made Dumbledore a legend and gave him the Elder Wand. Could we see this moment unfold on the big screen? It sounds like fans of the Harry Potter franchise are in for a real treat.

Will Depp play Grindelwald?

Now, it just becomes a matter of who Depp will play. I’m not so sure Depp matches the sophistication of a Dumbledore, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play Grindelwald—if, indeed, that is what happens.

(What if he just surprises everyone with a Captain Jack Sparrow crossover?)

As we near the release of Fantastic Beasts, fans certainly have a lot to mull over. When the film hits theaters, keep your eyes peeled for Depp, because Deadline says he’ll have a tiny cameo before having his role expanded in the sequel, which currently doesn’t have a release date.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to hit theaters on Nov. 18.