Den of Geek recently asked Carmen Ejogo about a possible return of President Picquery in the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel. Her response? Ask J.K. Rowling!
In a world where Muggles engaged in racism, enforced Jim Crow laws and kept women restricted, the wizarding world was already making inroads to equality.
The president of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) from 1920-1928, Seraphina Picquery was the only witch of her generation chosen for all four houses as a schoolgirl at Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
And in the first film, she was also black.
Den of Geek recently spoke with “Selma” star Carmen Ejogo, who portrayed President Picquery in the first “Fantastic Beasts” film, on whether she would be returning for its sequel.
Ejogo encouraged fans of Picquery to tweet J.K. Rowling of their desire to see the impressive woman in the sequel.
“Hopefully she’ll get the message that Seraphina cannot be done without for number two!” Ejogo said.
What is President Picquery’s fate?
In November, Ejogo spoke with Pottermore about the importance of President Picquery, who was ultimately sorted into Horned Serpent.
“I’ve held on tightly to a couple of words and ideas that David [Yates] has given me. For example, the idea that this is a woman of power – who doesn’t have to assert her authority,” Ejogo said.
And, like all of Rowling’s beloved characters, complex.
"“This is not a character that is peripheral. She’s absolutely in the mix in a way that is really fundamental to the storyline. She is nuanced, she has complexity, she’s not two-dimensional or predictable. For all of those reasons, I think that there’s been a real effort to appreciate that the world of wizardry can be more expansive.”"
The “Fantastic Beasts” sequel is slated for theatrical release in November 2018.
Confirmed cast members include Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander, and returning favorites from the first movie.
So if you want to see President Picquery in the second movie, make sure to let Rowling know!