Dumbledore’s sexuality won’t be explored in Fantastic Beasts 2

Fans of the Hartry Potter films who were hoping to see Dumbledore’s sexuality explored in the Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, will just have to wait a little bit longer. In 2007, J.K. Rowling revealed the beloved wizard Albus Dumbledore was gay and was even in love with the dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, during his youth.

With the reveal of Jude Law playing a young Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts films, fans were wondering if Dumbledore’s sexuality would finally be addressed and explored. According to Entertainment Weekly, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will not directly reference Dumbledore’s sexuality. Director David Yates told EW, “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.”

Although it won’t be discussed in the sequel, it does not mean it won’t eventually be in the other three Fantastic Beasts sequels set after The Crimes of Grindelwald. Harry Potter author and screenwriter J.K. Rowling addressed in a press conference two years ago that we would eventually see Dumbledore’s previous relationships. “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,” said Rowling. “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.”

Yates did tell EW about Dumbledore in the new film, “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 not this elder statesman. He’s a really kinetic guy. And opposite Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, they make an incredible pairing.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens in theaters on November 16.

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