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Will a gay Dumbledore feature in Fantastic Beasts 2?

Will a gay Dumbledore feature in Fantastic Beasts 2?

Will Albus Dumbledore's gay relationship be explored in Fantastic Beasts?

Warner Brothers has released new characters and confirmed the key actors for Fantastic Beasts 2. Filming of the sequel began at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden this week.

It’s previously been announced that Jude Law will be playing Dumbledore, while Johnny Depp will play Grindelwald.

The second Fantastic Beasts movie will also see the return of queer star Ezra Miller, who plays the role of Credence. A Warner Bros announcement teases he will be returning ‘in a mysterious way’.

Miller recently said watching Harry Potter helps him cope with homophobic bullying.

Warner Brothers confirmed that Callum Turner appears as Newt’s older brother and Zoë Kravitz returns as Leta Lestrange.

They used the announcement to tease new characters including a bounty hunter called Grimmson and a wizarding circus owner called Skender.

Will the Potter franchise finally announce a queer character?

Fans believe the movie is the long-awaited opportunity for JK Rowling to confirm the franchise’s first openly gay character. It is ten years since she first suggested the notion in Carnegie Hall in 2007.

At the question and answer appearance, she said: ‘I always thought Dumbledore was gay.’ Elaborating, she said that when Dumbledore was younger, he fell in love with the charming wizard, Gellert Grindelwald.

It’s this period in the Potter world that the Fantastic Beasts prequel explores.

If Rowling makes good on her revelation, then we may see Law and Depp spending some screen time exploring Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship.

So far all that’s been confirmed on Pottermore is that ‘the Hogwarts professor is set to clash with his childhood friend, Gellert Grindelwald with the assistance of his former pupil, Newt Scamander.’

At the end of last year, Rowling did hint that the new film could explore his sexuality.

‘I will say that you will see Dumbledore as a younger man, and quite a troubled man … As far as his sexuality is concerned, watch this space.’

What do we know about their relationship so far?

Albus Dumbledore was only mentioned by name in the first Fantastic Beasts movie.

However, this did give us a tease of Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s relationship. When Grindelwald asked Newt, played by Eddie Redmayne, just why exactly the Hogwarts teacher was ‘so fond’ of him.

Speaking back in 2007, JK Rowling said that Dumbledore fell in love with the wizard Gellert Grindelwald but then Grindelwald turned out to be more interested in the dark arts than good.

Rowling alludes to how Dumbledore was ‘terribly let down’ by this and went on to destroy his rival.

She described their storyline as a ‘great tragedy’ adding that ‘Falling in love can blind us to an extent.’

But Is Dumbledore Gay?

WYNC’s queer focused Nancy podcast recently did a whole episode on the subject.

Titled ‘There Are No Gay Wizards’ their producer, Matt Collete, was unconvinced.

Collete says that J K Rowling gets, ‘way too much credit for writing this iconic gay character’ referencing multiple examples of queerbaiting in the franchise’s world including the JK Rowling Carnegie Hall comments. He also referenced what he saw as a ‘huge no-homo moment’ in the Cursed Child between Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy’s sons.

However, Collete does nod to the franchises’ queer undertones, noting many LGBTI people can identify with the kid who lives in a closet under the stairs.