J.K. Rowling aside.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore again looks at the early life of the Harry Potter character, Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law). The lines of dialogue axed from China run for six seconds, according to Variety. They allude to a previous relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald (played by Mads Mikkelsen). (Honestly if you blink you miss it.)
The specific lines are “because I was in love with you” and “the summer Gellert and I fell in love”. The cuts were made at the request of authorities in China. and WB quickly obliged and has defended the edit.
“As a studio, we’re committed to safeguarding the integrity of every film we release, and that extends to circumstances that necessitate making nuanced cuts in order to respond sensitively to a variety of in-market factors. Our hope is to release our features worldwide as released by their creators but historically we have faced small edits made in local markets. In the case of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,’ a six-second cut was requested and Warner Bros. accepted those changes to comply with local requirements but the spirit of the film remains intact. We want audiences everywhere in the world to see and enjoy this film, and it’s important to us that Chinese audiences have the opportunity to experience it as well, even with these minor edits.”
The movie will not get a release in Russia because of the war in Ukraine. But expect similar cuts as those made in China to also be wielded for many parts of the Middle East.
So, now this begs the bigger question: If your representation was so paper-thin that all it took was cutting six seconds to make the text back into subtext, is that representation?
The Answer: no, no it is not,
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.
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.