Over ten years ago, J. K. Rowling revealed that she always thought of Albus Dumbledore as gay. Now that the FANTASTIC BEASTS series is dealing with a younger Dumbledore, will that be further explored?
The answer isn’t necessarily “no.” Rather, it’s “not yet.” Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald director David Yates explained his thoughts in a recent interview, when asked if the new film will make it clear that Dumbledore is gay.
Not explicitly. 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.
This answer led to some backlash from fans who were hoping for more from Jude Law‘s portrayal of a younger Dumbledore in the upcoming film. J.K. Rowling responded on Twitter, and we can also look back to a previous interview with Rowling back when the first film was in production:
I can’t tell you everything I would like to say because this is obviously a five-part story so there’s lots to unpack in that relationship. You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man – he wasn’t always the sage. … We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned … watch this space.
In addition to discussing Dumbledore’s sexuality, Yates described his personality in The Crimes of Grindelwald.
He’s a maverick and a rebel and he’s an inspiring teacher at Hogwarts. He’s witty and has a bit of edge. He’s a really kinetic guy. And opposite Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, they make an incredible pairing.
What do you think? Are you satisfied with the explanations from Yates and Rowling? Are you excited to see Jude Law as Dumbledore? Let us know your thoughts!