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Jude Law Defends Decision Not To Make Dumbledore ‘Explicitly’ Gay in Fantastic Beasts 2

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Jude Law — who is portraying a younger Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald  is backing up film’s director David Yates decision not to depict the character as “explicitly” gay in the upcoming film.

Said Law stating that he had spoken with J.K.Rowling who announced that Dumbledore was gay in 2007  about the characters sexuality, saying, “But as with humans, your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you; he’s multifaceted.”

I suppose the question is: How is Dumbledore’s sexuality depicted in this film? 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.”

In the past year LGBT movie goers have been teased with films who before they opened claimed that gay characters existed in the movies. Most notably Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok , Black Panther, and Deadpool 2, but after their release we found that  yes  the characters “might” be gay but were never portrayed in such a way or their sexuality even mentioned as an aside in the the movie making their orientation completely invisible.

As for Law’s comment that “sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you.” If that is true then there is no real purpose in including the straight romantic involvements of Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein and that of Jacob Kowalski and Queenie Goldstein which were highlighted in the first movie and will probably also be featured in the second.  

I guess these characters aren’t as “multifaceted” as Dumbledore because they are portrayed as “explicitly” straight.


Will Kohler

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