Jude Law as Dumbledore

“Not Explicitly”: New ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Film Won’t Explore Dumbledore’s Homosexuality

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fantastic Beasts director David Yates has said that the new film will not “explicitly” explore the relationship between young Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). 


However, he continued, saying


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…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.


Okay, skillful sidestep there, David. All may not be lost, however. J. K. Rowling, who serves as producer and screenwriter for the films has previously stated


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.


So maybe Dumbledore’s sexuality will be explored in future films, but it seems remiss and even irresponsible to exclude any explicit mention of it. Representation matters, David. 


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