Some fans are disappointed after David Yates told Entertainment Weekly that Albus Dumbledore, everyone’s favorite Hogwarts Headmaster, would be not portrayed as gay in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Yates’s answer to the question of whether or not Dumbledore’s sexuality would be explicitly portrayed:

“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.”

Not exactly the answer fans were looking for, as many took to Twitter to express their discontent with this narrative decision.



Of course, Rowling argues that she wasn’t at the interview and that just because Dumbledore’s sexuality is not prominent in this film doesn’t mean it will not be so in the other three films:

It is exceedingly frustrating that JK Rowling wants the Harry Potter franchise to get brownie points for having representation without actually having representation. Some fans were skeptical when Rowling announced at a fan event after the publication of the last book that Dumbledore, who had never shown any inclination of amorous affection towards anyone, was gay. Dumbledore had loved a wizard in his youth named Gellert Grindelwald, with whom he shared many opinions until the unfortunate death of Dumbledore’s sister. Grindelwald went on to rise to power, become evil, and then be taken down before Voldemort came on the scene. Classic love story.

So why then isn’t this story of two ex-lovers meeting on the wizarding battlefield being treated like…well, a story of two ex-lovers? Jude Law, who will be playing the future headmaster, has never been shy about romantic scenes and Johnny Depp (playing Grindelwald), who isn’t a big hit with the franchise’s fans either, has never made any public qualms about it. It could be they are worried about the film getting banned in certain countries or that it will somehow affect the film’s bottom line at the box office. Still, the people have spoken, and they want Dumbledore to be out and proud.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will premiere in theaters on November 16, 2018.

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Sara Roncero-Menendez

A reporter by trade, Sara is a lover of horror, sci-fi, and all things pop culture. From indies to classics to even the strangest schlock, all movies and TV shows are fair game. She believes Batman is the most fascinating superhero, and that Silent Hill is one of the best horror franchises ever made (as long as you don't count the movies). Fun Fact: The only movie Sara will not rewatch is The Room -- once was more than enough.