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.

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

House Boasting a ‘Harry Potter Room’ Under the Stairs Hits the Market in San Diego

Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
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When Harry Potter fans dream of living like the boy wizard, they may picture Harry's cozy quarters in the Gryffindor dormitory at Hogwarts. One home owner in San Diego, California is trying to spin one of Harry's much less idyllic living situations as a magical feature. As The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, a listing of a three-bedroom house for sale in the city's Logan Heights neighborhood boasts a "Harry Potter room"—a.k.a storage room under the stairs.

In the Harry Potter books, the cupboard under the stairs of the Dursley residence served as Harry's bedroom before he enrolled in Hogwarts. Harry was eager to escape the cramped, dusty space, but thanks to the series' massive success, a similar feature in a real-world home may be a selling point for Harry Potter fans.

Kristin Rye, the seller of the San Diego house, told The Union-Tribune she would read Harry Potter books to her son, though she wouldn't describe herself as a super fan. As for why she characterized her closet as a “large ‘Harry Potter’ storage room underneath stairs" in her real estate listing, she said it was the most accurate description she could think of. “It’s just this closet under the stairs that goes back and is pretty much like a Harry Potter room. I don’t know how else to describe it," she told the newspaper.

Beyond the cupboard under the stairs, Rye's listing doesn't bear much resemblance to the cookie-cutter, suburban home of 4 Privet Drive. Nearly a century old, the San Diego house has the same cobwebs and a musty smells you might expect from the Hogwarts dungeons, the newspaper reports. But there are some perks, including a parking spot and backyard space for a garden or pull-up bar. The 1322-square-foot home is listed at $425,000—cheaper than the median price of $620,000 for a resale single-family home in the area.

If you want to live like a wizard, you don't necessarily need to start by moving under a staircase. In North Yorkshire, England, a cottage modeled after Hagrid's Hut is available to rent on a nightly basis.

[h/t The San Diego Union-Tribune]

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