The director of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald” says the movie will not “explicitly” address Professor Dumbledore’s homosexuality, despite author J.K. Rowling telling fans the Hogwarts leader had a gay relationship with Gellert Grindelwald in his youth.
“I always thought of Dumbledore as gay,” Rowling announced more than 10 years ago, instantly canonizing the character as a gay literature icon. With the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel specifically introducing the young Dumbledore (played by Jude Law) to audiences and the controversial casting of Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, fans hoped the story would touch on their love affair and bring a prominent gay character to a major blockbuster release.
Not so, says director David Yates.
“Not explicitly,” Yates replies when asked by EW if it was clear that Dumbledore was gay in the upcoming film, “but I think all the fans are aware of that. He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology, and each other.”
According to “Harry Potter” canon, the relationship between the two men would have occurred before the original “Fantastic Beasts” film, which was set in 1926. The franchise is building towards the 1945 duel between Dumbledore and the dark wizard Grindelwald. It is unclear if Dumbledore’s sexuality will be explored in the three planned sequels to follow “The Crimes Of Grindelwald”.
Yates goes on to describe Dumbledore as a “maverick” and a “rebel,” teasing the contentious pairing of Law with Depp.
“He’s an inspiring teacher at Hogwarts. He’s witty and has a bit of edge. He’s not this elder statesman,” he explains. “He’s a really kinetic guy. And opposite Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, they make an incredible pairing.”
Fans were disappointed to hear Dumbeldore’s homosexuality would not be explored, with many questioning the point of exploring the future Hogwarts’ headmaster’s youth.
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