The final Fantastic Beasts 2 trailer is out and we are giving major side-eye

The final Fantastic Beasts 2 trailer is out and we are giving major side-eye

The first full-length trailer for Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald is out and fans are giving everybody involved a collective side-eye, especially after it’s purported to have featured a “gay” moment – if you can call it that.

In 2007, JK Rowling insisted that Dumbledore’s character is and has always been gay, despite citing zero evidence from the books to support her claim. And even though the character is set to return to the wizarding world in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movie, director David Yates said Dumbledore wouldn’t be “explicitly gay.” Naturally, queer fans of the Harry Potter series were riled, as the franchise has never seen an LGBTQ character on-screen in 17 years.

The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer offers a glimpse of young Dumbledore looking longingly into the Mirror of Erised —a bewitched mirror from Harry Potter that is meant to show one’s deepest desire — and touching hands with a young Grindelwald. We see that when Dumbledore looks into the mirror, he sees two versions Grindelwald. The first is an older version of the dark wizard. The second is a younger version of Grindelwald whose image Dumbledore gently touches with affection. It’s all such a one-blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.

Earlier in the controversy, a seemingly annoyed Rowling had said in response to the backlash the swiftly came after the director, Yates’ comments, that: “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. … We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned … watch this space.”

Jude Law, who plays Dumbledore in the films, reiterated that sentiment: “What you got to remember this is only the second Fantastic Beasts film in a series and what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them to the heart over time. You’re just getting to know Albus in this film, and there’s obviously a lot more to come. We learn a little about his past in the beginning of this film, and characters and their relationships will unfold naturally which I’m excited to reveal. But we’re not going to reveal everything all at once.”

With Crimes of Grindelwald set for theaters November 16, fans will soon see how much, if at all, Dumbledore’s sexuality plays a part in this particular installment. We aren’t expecting much.

But what we will see however is a massive character revelation.

In the trailer, we get a glimpse of Voldemort’s beloved serpent – and one of his seven horcruxes – Nagini. But we also see Nagini in human form, confirming fan theories that Nagini started as a human. In the trailer, actress Claudia Kim, who plays Nagini, is seen performing at a circus. At the circus, she transforms into the giant serpent. It is believed she is a Maledictus, ‘the carrier of a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast’.

“It will be so interesting to see another side of Nagini,” Kim told EW. “You’ve only seen her as a Horcrux. In this, she’s a wonderful and vulnerable woman who wants to live. She wants to stay a human being and I think that’s a wonderful contrast to the character.”

But what really bugged people on LGBTI Twitter is the apparent relationship Nagini has with Creedence Barebone. In the movie’s posters and in the trailer, it is alluded to that the two might be in a relationship. In the posters, Nagini and Creedence ‘intimately’ sit together.

(L-R) Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, Ezra Miller as Creedence Barebone and Claudia Kim as Nagini

Fans are asking why showing a relationship between a human and animal is OK, but not a gay relationship.

One Twitter user shared a meme with the caption ‘I can accept bestiality but I draw the line at homosexuality’.

Check out below for the trailer of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald out November 16.

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  1. Yazz Soltana
    October 02, 21:55 Reply

    Just the same way there was so much queer baiting in Harry Potter and the cursed child…
    Almost as if they were setting up Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy to be together…. and at the last minute they just had to give them girlfriends…

  2. Yazz Soltana
    October 02, 22:05 Reply

    Now, we know that Rowling can write great male friendships; we’ve seen that with Harry and Ron. However, Albus and Scorpius border on something else. The constant hugging, the codependency of their relationship, Scorpius’ jealousy of Albus’s crush on Delphi. Even Snape comparing Scorpius and Albus’s relationship with his love for Lily Evans. If Snape says you’re in love, you’re in love, dude.

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