Harry Potter fans furious over director confirming that Dumbledore won’t be ‘explicitly gay’ in Fantastic Beasts 2

Harry Potter fans furious over director confirming that Dumbledore won’t be ‘explicitly gay’ in Fantastic Beasts 2

Harry Potter fans have accused the Fantastic Beasts films of straightwashing, after the director said that Hogwarts’ beloved gay headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, would not be “explicitly gay” in the upcoming film sequel.

JK Rowling made headlines in 2007 when she famously proclaimed that the beloved Harry Potter character was gay. His sexuality was never portrayed in the main book or film franchise, but the books hinted at a relationship between Dumbledore and the dark wizard Grindelwald in his younger days. Rowling told fans, “I always thought of Dumbledore as gay. Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.”

Fans had hoped that relationship would finally come front-and-centre thanks to prequel series, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, with Jude Law set to play a young version of Dumbledore in this year’s upcoming installment, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

But the hopes were dashed when the film’s director, David Yates confirmed that the character would not be portrayed as “explicitly gay” in the film, set for release in November.

Asked by a fan whether Dumbledore’s sexuality would be dealt with, he said: “Not explicitly”.

According to EW, he said: “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.”

He added of Dumbledore: “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.”

However, fans – many of whom already objected to the casting of Johnny Depp as Grindelwald amid domestic violence allegations – have responded with anger at the news that the important piece of Harry Potter canon may be twisted to avoid referencing Dumbledore’s sexuality.

Many took to Twitter to vent, calling for a boycott of the film and lashing out at creator JK Rowling, who had previously hinted that the relationship would finally be explored on-screen in the films.

It’s hard to see how the character’s sexuality never comes up, given the synopsis makes clear both he and Grindelwald will be central.

The official Warner Bros synopsis states: “The film opens in 1927, a few months after Newt helped to unveil and capture the infamous Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

“However, as he promised he would, Grindelwald has made a dramatic escape and has been gathering more followers to his cause, elevating wizards above all non-magical beings.

“The only one who might be able to stop him is the wizard he once called his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander.”

Rowling seemed to weigh in on Twitter after this news broke, suggesting fans upset by Yates’ comments are jumping to conclusions about her plan for the character, particularly in the long term.

The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released on Nov. 16, 2018.

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  1. Mandy
    February 02, 07:39 Reply

    Since Fantastic Beasts started, the integrity of Rowling’s character has become questionable. Which saddens me cos I like the woman. I’m tempted to be outraged too, but since there’s more sequels to come, I’ll just sit and watch. This woman should know that the fans she’s telling are jumping to conclusions will still be here when the franchise ends.

  2. trystham
    February 02, 08:27 Reply

    To be gay no be by force na. Frankly, they just make gay guys sound like perverts because I do indeed think Albus was made a gay character UNDER DURESS especially when Aberforth’s role as a goat-fucker was clearly hinted. I hate it when ppl do things as an afterthought. You want a gay xter, write him in ur own story and leave already established stories TF alone

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