NEW YORK TIMES — Even Jude Law gets nervous — especially when he has just been cast as Albus Dumbledore in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and he’s meeting J.K. Rowling.

“She makes a great effort to make you feel at ease when you know you’re in the presence of someone pretty extraordinary,” he said of the “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” author.

She also never sat down as they peeled back the layers of Dumbledore — the consummate wizard and eventual Hogwarts headmaster, the character Rowling has said often speaks for her — walking and talking as if compelled by some strange force for nearly two and a half hours. In sky-high heels.

“It was like a purge, it was like a confession, it was like she was alive in it,” Law said, laughing.

As Dumbledore in his younger years, Law is shouldering the weight of a literary role brought to life by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the “Harry Potter” movies. He’s also revealing a defining moment for Dumbledore: a romantic liaison with his dark counterpart, Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp.

Although Rowling outed Dumbledore to fans in 2007, the Harry Potter books and movies were mute about his sexuality. Earlier this year, the director David Yates ignited a furor when he said that Dumbledore would not be “explicitly” gay in this second of the franchise’s five planned films.

“He didn’t say that to me,” Law said. “Every time I asked, it was, ‘Yes, he is.’ In my mind, he is.” (Yates later said he had shot a couple of “very sensual” scenes.)

Next month, Law will portray the sleazoid manager of a pop star (Natalie Portman) in “Vox Lux.” In March, he’s suiting up — but keeping mum about it in the meantime — as Walter Lawson, the mentor to Brie Larson’s titular superhero in “Captain Marvel.” And he’ll soon start shooting HBO’s “The New Pope,” the sequel to “The Young Pope,” in which he played the first American pontiff.

On a rainy New York morning, sipping hot water with lemon at the St. Regis, the London-based Law chatted about stepping into Dumbledore’s slippers, Depp’s future with “Fantastic Beasts” and the mixed blessing of his own good looks.

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Here are edited excerpts from the conversation.

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Jude Law stopped by Today Show & Live with Kelly and Ryan to discuss about his role as Albus Dumbledore on Fantastic Beasts’ sequel: The Crimes of Grindewald. Watch below the interviews: