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David Yates on Dumbledore’s Sexuality in FANTASTIC BEASTS Sequel

David Yates on Dumbledore’s Sexuality in FANTASTIC BEASTS Sequel

Busy day in Potter world, folks, with the sexuality of Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and how it will be addressed in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, making waves all over the Internet. First, in what seemed to be an innocent interview with EW, director David Yates answered questions about how the fact that Dumbledore is gay would be addressed, if at all.

“Not explicitly,” Yates said. “But I think all the fans are aware of [the fact that he is gay]. 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.” Instead, Dumbledore was described thus: “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.”

As EW pointed out, however, this did not close the door on future sequels. Just two days ago, J.K. Rowling said: “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.”

This did not sit well with some commentators on the Internet, who felt the filmmakers should be more explicit. In response to all of this, J.K. Rowling pushed back on Twitter.  Check out her post below and let us know your thoughts on this mini-controversy and how you think the Fantastic Beasts sequel should broach the subject.

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, the pseudonym of a New York City-based writer, is a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online and has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age. JDB has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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