Yesterday we reported that Fantastic Beasts director David Yates has said that Dumbledore’s sexuality will not be “explicitly” addressed in the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The sequel, which will take place mostly in Paris, features as its main characters a young Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law, and Gellert Grindelwald, portrayed—controversially—by Johnny Depp.
J. K. Rowling has, in the past, stated that she always thought of Dumbledore as gay, and that he had a relationship with Grindelwald in his youth. This is never touched on in the books, and now that an opportunity to portray Dumbledore’s sexuality has again been passed up, fans are not happy, and are accusing Rowling and the franchise of ‘queerbaiting.’
If it isn’t obvious by now: Rowling said Dumbledore was gay those years ago purely to try and avoid backlash for not having enough diversity. She never said anything about it in the actual series, and now won’t again in fantastic beasts.
— xavier (@homosexualsnape) January 31, 2018
Listen, we all knew it was time to let go of #FantasticBeasts when they doubled down on Depp — that Yates confirmed they’re going to sidestep Dumbledore being gay in the film means JK and her team have fucked up huge and it’s time to ignore this franchise completely. Let it die. pic.twitter.com/Jj61G7CUkM
— Alicia Lutes (@alicialutes) January 31, 2018
Lol. There are actually fans using the “being openly gay wouldn’t make sense for the time period” argument re: Dumbledore. You can accept three headed dogs, invisibility cloaks, and Aberforth’s “affinity” for goats, but not an openly gay dude in the 20th century?
— Sarah Sterling (@SarahSterling_) January 31, 2018
I can’t believe JK Rowling is queerbaiting us with a canonically gay character. “Watch this space” to see if Dumbledore’s sexuality is ever addressed? Nah I’ll watch, support and give money to projects by people who actually value people like me, thanks.
— several screaming porgs (@serhawke) February 1, 2018
JKR *opening closet door, gestures*: Look, it’s Dumbledore, he’s gay!
Dumbledoor *tries to step out of the closet*
— heidi heilig (@heidiheilig) January 31, 2018
I don’t talk about this kind of thing a lot, but I think at this stage, this is nothing short of an act of cowardice. Love is love is love is love & portraying it with integrity & truth is an act of healing onto this trashfire of a world. The time is past for this kind of thing. https://t.co/M4luOHVdVQ
— sarah griff on deadline (@griffski) February 1, 2018
Yikes. Press for the second film is not off to a good start. There have already been calls to boycott the movie over the inclusion of Depp, who was accused by his ex-wife Amber Heard of verbal and physical violence. This decision has left many fans feeling alienated, a problem only worsened by the film’s refusal to address Dumbledore’s sexuality. It’s time for the filmmakers to step up and take responsibility for what they’ve promised their audience.
Edit: Rowling has responded to the criticism with the following tweet…
Being sent abuse about an interview that didn’t involve me, about a screenplay I wrote but which none of the angry people have read, which is part of a five-movie series that’s only one instalment in, is obviously tons of fun, but you know what’s even *more* fun? pic.twitter.com/Rj6Zr8aKUk
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 31, 2018
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