Dumbledore Won’t Be “Explicitly” Gay In “Fantastic Beasts” Sequel—But Maybe, Someday, He Could Be

Jude Law will play Hogwarts' headmaster as a younger man.

J.K. Rowling posthumously outed Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore as gay in the Harry Potter series, so fans were hoping to get more insight into the mage’s romantic life with the Fantastic Beasts prequels.

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But now David Yates, director of the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, says Dumbledore, played by Jude Law, is “not explicitly” gay in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

“But I think all the fans are aware of that,” Yates told EW. “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.”

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Yates describes Law’s Dumbledore as “a maverick and a rebel… He’s witty and has a bit of edge. He’s not this elder statesman. He’s a really kinetic guy.” He added that Law and Johnny Depp, who plays Grindelwald, are “an incredible pairing.”

But some fans had expressed outrage over Depp playing the dark wizard in the wake of abuse allegations made by the actor’s ex-wife, Amber Heard.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald arrives in theaters November 16, 2018.

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