Since author J.K. Rowling confirmed Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality in ’07, Harry Potter fans have waited to see the beloved character’s queerness depicted onscreen. But all of the Harry Potter franchise films, including the Fantastic Beasts prequels, haven’t delivered.
Now, David Yates, director of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, is finally addressing the issue head-on, letting fans know what they can expect to see in the latest film.
Back in January, Yates told Entertainment Weekly that the Fantastic Beasts prequels would “not explicitly” acknowledge Dumbledore’s sexuality. Instead, the nuances of his sexuality would be left to fans to interpret.
“But I think all the fans are aware of [his sexuality,]” Yates said. “[Dumbledore] had a very intense relationship with [Gellert] Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology and each other.”
Yates addressed these comments more recently in an interview with Empire magazine, clarifying that the second Fantastic Beasts movie will “make it clear” that Dumbledore is gay:
In that earlier interview, I didn’t say Dumbledore’s not gay. He is. This part of this huge narrative that [Rowling] 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. A couple of scenes we shot are very sensual moments of him and the young Grindelwald.
The scenes that Yates references could be from the most recent trailers, which show Dumbledore (Jude Law) gazing into the Mirror of Erised (a device in the Harry Potter world that shows the person looking into it what they desire most) and seeing visions of Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). But if these scenes are the extent of what viewers will see pertaining to Dumbledore’s sexuality, there’s a good chance LGBTQ fans still won’t feel satisfied.
Hollywood, are you listening?!
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters November 16, 2018.