Comedian, Potterhead Jessica Williams Joins ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel

Both JK Rowling and Pottermore congratulated the actress

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Comedian Jessica Williams, who has recently made the leap from fake satirical journalism to acting, has landed a dream role.

Pottermore, the “Harry Potter” site that releases announcements from inside the Potterverse and reveals more details about JK Rowling’s massively popular books, announced that the former “Daily Show” correspondent has been cast in the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel. Her role hasn’t been revealed.

Williams, who is a huge fan of the “Harry Potter” series, reacted to the announcement on Twitter, saying she was “screaming.”

The tweet got the attention of Rowling, who said she was “happy” that Williams got the role.

Even Pottermore took the time to congratulate Williams on her role.

Pottermore announced a number of other new cast members, some of which are familiar faces from the Potterverse.

Actor Brontis Jodorowsky (“El Topo”), for example, will be playing Nicolas Flamel, a character originally mentioned in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” as the creator of the titular stone and a famous alchemist. He’s based on a real-life medieval alchemist of the same name.

Previously announced was Derek Riddell as Torquil Travers and Poppy Corby-Tuech as Rosier, which eagle-eyed Potter fans may recognize as the last names of prominent Death Eaters.

Fiona Glascott (“Episodes”) has also been cast in an unknown role.

Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler are set to return, along with Johnny Depp as Grindelwald. Jude Law has joined the cast as a young Albus Dumbledore. Other cast members include Callum Turner, who’s playing Newt’s brother Theseus and Zoë Kravitz, who returns as Leta Lestrange.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2” is set to premiere on Nov. 16, 2018.