Some “Harry Potter” fans were outraged when director David Yates said Albus Dumbledore wouldn’t be “explicitly” gay in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”
In the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel, a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) makes his debut. Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) will also be a big focus of the film. “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has stated that Dumbledore is gay and had a romantic interest in his friend Grindelwald.
As the film would feature both characters together, some fans had hoped Dumbledore’s sexuality would be explored. At first, Yates explained that wouldn’t be the focus.
“Not explicitly,” Yates said at the time. “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.”
In a new interview for Empire magazine, Yates says that Dumbledore’s sexuality will be known in the film.
“This part of this huge narrative that Jo is creating doesn’t focus on his sexuality, but we’re not airbrushing or hiding it… The story [of the romantic relationship] isn’t there in this particular movie, but it’s clear in what you see… that he is gay,” Yates says.
“A couple of scenes we shot are very sensual moments of him and the young Grindelwald,” he added.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” hits theaters on Nov. 16.