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Dumbledore's Sexuality Won't Be Addressed In 'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel—And Fans Are Disappointed
3 months ago

Back in October of 2007, the author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, was answering questions about the series at Carnegie Hall. 

When asked why Dumbledore, who once lectured Harry about the importance of love, had no love interest himself, Rowling responded...

"My truthful answer to you… I always thought of Dumbledore as gay. [ovation.] … Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was. To an extent, do we say it excused Dumbledore a little more because falling in love can blind us to an extent? But, he met someone as brilliant as he was, and rather like Bellatrix he was very drawn to this brilliant person, and horribly, terribly let down by him. Yeah, that’s how I always saw Dumbledore."

The response to Dumbledore being gay was swift.

Quickly, this news turned Dumbledore into an icon for the LGBTQ community, despite some consternation that Dumbledore's sexuality was never explicitly addressed in the books or movies. So when it was announced that a young Dumbledore would be in the follow up to 2016s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, people wondered if the movie would finally directly talk about it, especially since the movie plans to heavily feature Gellert Grindelwald, the very dark wizard that J.K. Rowling said that Dumbledore was in love with. 

However, when asked about whether Dumbledore would be openly gay in the film, on Tuesday, the film's director and Harry Potter cinematic universe veteran, David Yates, stated...

"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.” 

Immediately, the Twitter-verse exploded.

Many were not having it...

However, there were those who felt that while Dumbledore is gay and in love with the main villain of this film, that it was unnecessary to address from a storytelling perspective...

Of course this is the fandom equivalent of 'I don't care if he's gay as long as he doesn't shove it in my face,' which these people were quick to point out...

Here's to hoping that in the planned third film, Dumbledore will finally come out of the cinematic closet.