Back in 2007, author J.K. Rowling revealed Hogwarts headmaster Alvus Dumbledore was gay while promoting the final Harry Potter book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. It’s become a favorite talking point among Potterheads, with fans eager to watch the exploration of young Dumbledore’s sexuality in the Fantastic Beast prequel movies. In November, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald premieres with Jude Law (above) playing the young Dumbledore.
So just how gay is he going to be?
Not very, according to director David Yates, who also helmed the final four “Harry Potter” films.
“Not explicitly,” Yates told Entertainment Weekly, about whether Dumbledore will be clearly gay in the 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.”
Not explicitly? Just implied? That feels like a bit of a cop-out.
According to Rowling:
Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), a dark wizard and early predecessor to Voldemort, during their teenage years. But Grindelwald later became consumed with dark magic, leading to an all-out duel.
“He’s a maverick and a rebel, and he’s an inspiring teacher at Hogwarts. He’s witty and has a bit of edge,” Yates continued. “He’s not this elder statesman. He’s a really kinetic guy. And opposite Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, they make an incredible pairing.”
Rowling previously promised that the films will eventually “unpack” the pair’s relationship over the five planned sequels.
“You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man — he wasn’t always the sage,” the author said. “We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned … watch this space.”
Fans were quick to show their displeasure on Twitter. (via HuffPo)
JK Rowling made a huge deal out of announcing Dumbledore was gay after she was done actually writing Harry Potter. Now, given the chance to write new Dumbledore stories with the Fantastic Beasts movies, his sexuality will … still not be explicit https://t.co/Tv8mjckAwl
— Christian Holub (@cmholub) January 31, 2018
— Caroline Framke (@carolineframke) January 31, 2018
Dumbledore being gay has, for better or worse, become one of the most widely discussed elements of Harry Potter lore since Rowling first announced it. The fans are interested in it. Why *wouldn’t* you want to include it?
— Kevin O’Keeffe (@kevinpokeeffe) January 31, 2018
This was the only reason to be excited for the sequel. Cancel it. https://t.co/XFLs239g8V
— Nigel M. Smith (@nigelmfs) January 31, 2018
— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) November 16, 2017