J.K. Rowling has spoken in the past about Dumbledore from Harry Potter being gay and he had a romance Grindelwald. Well, the new Fantastic Beasts sequel will feature Grindelwald as the title character, so Harry Potter fans were hoping it would address Dumbledore's sexuality. However, The Crimes of Grindelwald director David Yates has confirmed that Rowling's screenplay mostly avoids that topic.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Yates said the Fantastic Beasts sequel does not explicitly include any reference to Dumbledore being gay. This seems odd, especially since Rowling has addressed this specific topic in the past, but would not do it in the movie?
Yates talked with Entertainment Weekly about Dumbledore's sexuality being addressed, “Not explicitly. 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.”
As far as Dumbledore goes for the Fantastic Beasts sequel, Yates described him as a "maverick" and a "rebel." For the prequel franchise, Jude Law will be taking on the role of Dumbledore, as seen above. Dumbledore was first played by Richard Harris in the original 2001 movie. Following his death, Michael Gambon took over the role and played Dumbledore for the rest of the Harry Potter series.
Rowling first talked about Dumbledore being gay back in 2007 after the book series ended. For Dumbledore's role in The Crimes of Grindelwald, Yates described the character, “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.”
This could have been a special case for such a big movie franchise, as many fans were hoping that The Crimes of Grindelwald would explore Dumbledore's gay identity. While it may not be addressed in this sequel, we do not know what the other three already-announced sequels will take on and show.
Rowling did address the topic of Dumbledore and Grindelwald and bringing them to the big screen two years ago at a press conference. At the time, she 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.”
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released on November 16.