Fantastic Beasts 2 Star Jude Law Apparently Can't Pronounce 'Grindelwald'

Jaap Buitendijk, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Jaap Buitendijk, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Although Gellert Grindelwald is a relatively new character for fans of the Harry Potter movie series, you'd think the new Fantastic Beasts film would stay consistent with at least the pronunciation of the dark wizard's name. However, it appears the sequel might have messed up, and Jude Law is taking responsibility.

While appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Law, who plays a young Albus Dumbledore in the new film, was asked why in the first movie, Grindelwald is pronounced "Grindel-wald," but in the sequel, Law says "Grindel-vald."

Turns out, it wasn't exactly an intentional decision.

"It's a very good question," Law admitted. "I dived straight in calling him 'Grindelvald,' assuming that because I have this very good friendship with him that I got it right." But then Law's Fantastic Beasts co-star Eddie Redmayne made mention of the discrepancy by pointing "halfway through the film, 'I don't call him that. I call him Grindelwald,'" Law explained. "But it was too late."

Thankfully, Law came up with a simple explanation as to why Dumbledore would pronounce it differently. "I think it's because Albus knows him well and at some point, Gellert said, 'Can you please call me 'Grindelvald.' I'm sticking to that."

Earlier on in the interview, Law revealed that he sought out advice from JK Rowling when he was cast in the role. "I went to her immediately. As soon as I got the part, I thought: 'I've got this responsibility to all these fans, to this Wizarding World.' Also, I really wanted to meet JK Rowling," the actor shared. One topic that doesn't seem to have come up, however, was the correct pronunciation of Grindelwald's name. 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters this Friday.

Jason Momoa is Glad Game of Thrones's Khal Drogo Only Lasted One Season

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Although Jason Momoa had a pretty minor role in the grand scheme of Westerosi things in Game of Thrones, fans of his character Khal Drogo will attest to him being an extremely important part of the series—particularly in how he helped to shape the character of Daenerys Targaryen. But the actor, who is currently starring in Aquaman, is happy his time on the series ended when it did.

Drogo met his untimely demise in Season 1, and Momoa has no regrets about it. “I’m actually really, really happy with how it all turned out because, you know, you just can’t keep that character alive,” Momoa told the New York Daily News. “Even when I watch it, it just wouldn’t fit. Khaleesi [Daenerys] … I feel like she inherits that strength and she has to be by herself and do it that way."

Momoa also commented on how popular a character Drogo still is, adding, “Even now, people just can’t stop ... they love Khal Drogo. It’s unbelievable. Like, one season. I don’t know any other character that’s done one season out of eight or nine that people just go [wild]. I didn’t know it was going to be that big.”

Even though Momoa hasn’t been on the show for years, he’s still a huge fan of the series. “It’s the greatest show on Earth,” he stated, sharing that he and his wife Lisa Bonet are devoted fans.

There's a Prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and It's Halloween-Themed

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Everyone knows that the Grinch didn't care much for Christmas, but how did he feel about Halloween? We just learned that he spent All Hallows' Eve terrorizing the fine citizens of Whoville, thanks to Insider, who spotted this lesser-known prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Titled Halloween is Grinch Night, the short animated movie ran as a television special in October 1977. Although it was designed to be a prequel to the classic Christmas special, Dr. Seuss wrote it 20 years after How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was published in 1957.

The TV special opens with the Whos of Whoville cheerfully going about their business … until they catch a whiff of the "sour sweet wind," which tips them off that the Grinch is coming to town. The word "Halloween" is actually never spoken in the movie; it's replaced by the term "Grinch Night" throughout. Instead of a sleigh, the Grinch descends on the town with a wagon full of monsters pulled by Max. And instead of Cindy-Lou Who coming to the town's rescue, it's a little boy named Euchariah who intervenes.

In addition to the Halloween prequel, another TV special called The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat aired in 1982. Although both of these specials won Emmy Awards, their impact wasn't as long-lasting as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was adapted into a live-action version starring Jim Carrey in 2000, and again in 2018 with a 3D animated version called The Grinch, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the title character.

Check out the Halloween-themed prequel in the YouTube video below, or get all three specials on Amazon with the Dr. Seus’s's Holidays on the Loose ultimate edition DVD.

[h/t Insider]

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