While speaking with The Standard Online, Harris said:
“They’re obviously thinking about it. I haven’t heard anything and I don’t expect to. It’s not up to me. Having seen [fan campaigns] before I find that [film bosses] don’t like to have their hands forced. These campaigns almost always go in a different direction.”
While Harris is understandably doubtful that Warner Bros. is considering him for the role, it’s interesting to note that he didn’t necessarily say he was uninterested in hearing from them. Obviously it’s the kind of role that any actor would want a shot at, especially if future sequels plan to put more of an emphasis on Dumbledore than current protagonist Newt Scamander. As Harris notes, Warner is clearly in the process of figuring out who would best don Dumbledore’s robes and as attractive a prospect as hiring the son of Richard Harris might be, the studio likely has a great many things to consider in casting what is sure to be a highly scrutinized role.
Still, as far as candidates go, Jared Harris isn’t exactly someone to pass over lightly. In addition to his multi-season turn as Lane Pryce on Mad Men, the actor went toe-to-toe with Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. He also had memorable turns in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and this year’s high-gloss Netflix series The Crown, where he played King George VI.
While, Harris doesn’t expect to hear from Warner Bros. about the role, his resume speaks as loud as his parentage. So perhaps this will be one fan campaign where studio heads won’t feel the need to go in a different direction.