In the next film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise a young Albus Dumbledore is intoduced for the first time (played by Jude Law) and the movies focus is on the great wizard’s pursuit of the fugitive Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) in Paris.
Over 10 years ago J.K. Rowling surprised fans by revealing Hogwarts’ beloved headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay, and was even in love with the notorious dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald during his youth until the two had a rather epic falling out.
So will Dumbledor’s being gay be part of the upcoming movie?
According to The Crimes of Grindelwald director David Yates, this year’s sequel, will not directly reference Dumbledore’s sexuality.
“Not explicitly,” Yates replied when asked if the film makes it clear that Dumbledore is gay. “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 explicity?” When it comes to showing diversity on the page or on the screen, extra-curricular knowledge just isn’t enough. Like the supposed gay characters in last years Guardians of the Galaxy, and Thor: Ragnarock (Valkyrie is supposedly bisexual) that were hinted to and never came to pass and were later explained away with off screen backstories.
So allow me to sum up the real storyline of The Crimes of Grindelwald: Albus Dumbledore is gay and director David Yates is a coward.
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I am wondering how much of this is fear or the dollar that is the reason behind Mr. Yates’ choice. These franchise movies usually have multi million dollar world wide distributor contracts attached. A friend from the Middle East explained to me that in order to show these films in some countries they have to be re-edited to omit huge chunks that the religious or governments of these countries find “offensive”. So it may not be Mr. Yates at all.