Don’t expect to see a young Dumbledore engaging in some hot gay action in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Director David Yates told Entertainment Weekly that the sequel will not directly reference Dumbledore’s sexuality.
“Not explicitly,” Yates told the publication. “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.” He adds, “He’s a maverick and a rebel and he’s an inspiring teacher at Hogwarts. He’s witty and has a bit of edge. He’s not this elder statesman. He’s a really kinetic guy. And opposite Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, they make an incredible pairing.”
Since J.K. Rowling confirmed the Harry Potter prequel franchise will be five chapters, that leaves plenty of time for Dumbledore’s coming out to take place. I fully expect Jude Law to get it on with Johnny Depp at some point before the final chapter.
“I can’t tell you everything I would like to say because this is obviously a five-part story so there’s lots to unpack in that relationship,” Rowling said at a press conference two years ago. “You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man — he wasn’t always the sage…We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned … watch this space.”
During a press conference at Carnegie Hall back in 2007, Rowling first revealed Dumbledore’s sexuality. “I always thought of Dumbledore as gay. Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.”
In addition to Law, the cast includes Ezra Miller (Credence), Claudia Kim (Maledictus), Zoe Kravitz (Leta Lestrange), Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander), Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Dan Fogler (Jacob), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein) and Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald).
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald arrives in theaters later this year, November 16, 2018.