The director of the latest instalment in the Fantastic Beasts film franchise has admitted that while Professor Dumbledore is not ‘out’ in the film, it’s ‘clear’ he is gay.
David Yates made the revelations in the November issue of Empire magazine.
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald follows on from 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Set for release on 16 November, the Crimes of Grindelwald is part of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter universe. The Fantastic Beasts series is set decades before the Potter books and follows magizoologist, Newt Scamander, on his adventures around New York.
In 2007, the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts author, J.K Rowling revealed Dumbledore was gay.
Many fans had hoped that filmmakers would have Dumbledore’s sexuality on display in the Fantastic Beasts films, but were disappointed to find out that would not be the case.re
Dumbledore is clearly gay
But in his latest interview, Yates confirmed that we won’t see any discussion of Dumbledore’s sexuality.
‘Dumbledore is not out as a gay man in this film,’ Yates told Empire.
Even though his sexuality is not explored in the Crimes of Grindelwald, Yates promised it would be in future films.
‘This part of this huge narrative that Jo (Rowling) is creating doesn’t focus on his sexuality, but we’re not airbrushing or hiding it,’ he said.
‘The story (of the romantic relationship) isn’t there in this particular movie but it’s clear in what you see… that he is gay.’
British actor Jude Law plays the young Dumbledore in the films. He also confirmed that audiences would see more about Dumbledore’s sexuality in upcoming films.
‘People are very passionate about these stories and that particular topic doesn’t just deal with the characters in the book but people in real life dealing with their sexual orientation,’ he said.
‘So I can understand why it was emotionally charged.
‘I know the full story. This is part two. There’s more to come.’