Ralph Fiennes is up for playing Voldemort again in Fantastic Beasts. Arguably one of the most instantly recognizable and fearsome villains in cinema, Lord Voldemort was known throughout J.K. Rowling’s seven Harry Potter novels (and eight films), by an assortment of names, including He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, You-Know-Who and The Dark Lord.
It wasn’t until Fiennes portrayed the infamous dark wizard onscreen, however, that a standard image was set in the minds of Harry Potter fans. That image depicted a cold, serpentine-looking individual, whose personal character was easily decipherable as evil. After initially appearing in the fourth Harry Potter film, Fiennes helped to shape Voldemort into a villain who was truly worthy of the franchise. Throughout the course of the next four films, Fiennes became so adept at portraying Voldemort that the acclaimed actor now admits to developing a kind of affection for the character.
Though Fiennes was officially finished with Voldemort after 2011’s Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the ongoing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series just might allow fans the opportunity to see Fiennes return to the role. According to The Express, Fiennes expressed a willingness to play Voldemort again when asked about the character during a recent interview. Pointing to his ongoing affection for Voldemort, the Harry Potter star referenced the “variants” that could allow him to play the dark wizard again:
“Well, there are variants, aren’t there? Fantastic Beasts and things. I feel a kind of affection for Voldemort. So if there was a world in which Voldemort came back, I would be very possessive about wanting to reprise that.”
At present there are no indications that Voldemort will turn up in any of the three remaining Fantastic Beasts films. What’s more, the previous Fantastic Beasts film, The Crimes of Grindelwald, is intended to take place in 1927. Tom Riddle - the boy who went on to become Lord Voldemort, was born in 1926. This isn’t to say that there couldn’t be a spot for Fiennes in the upcoming films, but it’s worth noting that the series would have to take a substantial jump in its timeline just to have Riddle appear as a first year Hogwarts student. Rowling has previously revealed that the Fantastic Beasts series will culminate during the Second World War, lending credibility to the idea of a large timeline jump. But again, if the series is meant to finish during World War II, that means that Voldemort would still be a teenager, making Fiennes much too old for the role.
Though the idea of Fiennes returning as Voldemort in Fantastic Beasts doesn’t really work on paper, fans of Rowling are well aware of the author’s deep connection to the wizarding world. Rowling’s decisions rarely come off as unrelated, and the degree to which she has worked out everything from family lines to wizarding history is extensive, to say the least. If a return of the Voldemort character can or should be done, fans can rest assured that Rowling has considered it. That being said, a significant number of people would surely rather see Fiennes return as Voldemort in a new Harry Potter film, than in the Fantastic Beasts series.
Source: The Express