Expecto Aletdown: Dumbledore Won't Be Explicitly Gay in Fantastic Beasts Sequel

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Taylor Henderson

Albus Dumbledore's sexuality hasn't been explicitly addressed once in the twenty-year history of the Harry Potter universe, and it looks like that won't be changing in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel.

J.K. Rowling revealed in 2007 that she wrote Dumbledore as gay and in love with Grindelwald, even though she never made that clear in the books. With The Crimes of Grindelwald focusing on Grindelwald and Dumbledore's legendary clash, you'd think this would be the first time their romantic relationship was addressed. 

"Not explicitly," said director David Yates when asked if Dumbledore would be gay in the movie. "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."

Not sure how the movie will explore their relationship and just brush over their torrid love affair, but okay...

Yates continued with more details of young Dumbledore, played by Jude Law. "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."

Johnny Depp recently came under fire after fans called for his role to be recast after abuse allegations resurfaced.

There is still a chance Dumbledore's sexuality could be addressed in a sequel. In a press conference two years ago, Rowling teased, "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."

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald premieres Nov. 16, 2018.

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