Jude Law as Dumbledore

Dumbledore Won’t Be Explicitly Gay, and Twitter Is Not Happy About It

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.’ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

Fear of the name only increases fear of the thing itself- Hermione

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Edit: Rowling has responded to the criticism with the following tweet… 

 

 

 

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