JK Rowling rocked everybody’s world in 2007 when she announced Dumbledore was gay in front of 2,000 fans in Carnegie Hall. And now, with the release of ‘Fantastic Beasts 2,’ we may get glimpses of Dumbledore’s world getting rocked by Gellert Grindelwald.
After director David Yates was criticized for saying Dumbledore will not be “explicitly gay” in the new film, he seems to have made a 180.
Yates said Dumbledore, who will be portrayed in his younger years by Jude Law, is now moving in that direction.
“This part of this huge narrative that Jo is creating doesn’t focus on his sexuality, but we’re not airbrushing or hiding it… 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.”
“A couple of scenes we shot are very sensual moments of him and the young Grindelwald,” he finished. Young Grindelwald will continue to be portrayed by Johnny Depp.
Fans are reacting to the news in a variety of ways:
“I am here today because I am gay.” — Albus Dumbledore pic.twitter.com/GQMVGCz3jp
— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) October 3, 2018
Look, I think it's fine if Dumbledore is gay but I just don't believe it's right to be sending our children the message that it's OK for a man to openly desire Johnny Depp.
— Bermo (@muchBermoness) October 3, 2018
My love started fading fast when I, as a little queer 8th grader, sat for hours trying to find any evidence at all of Dumbledore being gay in the books. I remember that feeling of being let down so clearly and it affects how I experience HP even today
— c r y p t i d (@littlesharstars) September 26, 2018
Most feel that this news is too little, too late.
I also find it very annoying that she said ‘dumbledore is gay’ after not including it in the books then said ‘dumbledore’s sexuality won’t be explored’ in the film series that is centred around him, it was clearly a lazy comment to give the illusion of diversity
— laura (@lauraw97_) September 25, 2018
Why does no one talk about how in the very first chapter of the very first book Dumbledore shows attraction to a woman. Why do ppl wanna praise JKR when she clearly made Dumbledore gay just for attention, not because he was actually gay.
— Paladinn (@Paladiinn) September 25, 2018
“Hermione is actually black and Dumbledore is actually gay” and yeah you had 7 books and 8 movies to clearly point this out but you didn't
— Terencestein's Monster (@TheBlackNerd) September 25, 2017
And also, many are still feeling hurt after the controversy surrounding the casting of actress Claudia Kim as the human manifestation of Voldemort’s snake, Nagini.
Please let this be the last of the Asian-women-as non-human-pets-of-evil-men trope. Both Sonoya Mizuna (see #CrazyRichAsians) and Claudia Kim are so much more talented than this. https://t.co/iplfCWWGy6 pic.twitter.com/gWxZShZlUb
— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) September 25, 2018
Ah if it wasn’t clear before it is now but @jk_rowling and @wbpictures seem to have a problem casting PoC in any other role other than antagonists or plain bad guys as made apparent by Claudia Kim playing Nagini and Zoe Kravitz playing Leta Lestrange #FantasticBeasts pic.twitter.com/hhxMqR61bk
— #kamalakorp (@agentfitz777) September 25, 2018
#FantasticBeasts actress on playing that Harry Potter character: 'You’ve only seen her as a Horcrux. In this, she’s a wonderful and vulnerable woman who wants to live. She wants to stay a human being' https://t.co/yX2wtuTTth #nagini
— James Hibberd (@JamesHibberd) September 25, 2018
I like Claudia Kim. I'm glad she's getting work and it seems like she has a cool take on the role. I'm sure she will bring humanity, dignity and vulnerability to Nagini. But also… Did it have to be Nagini?
— Lee Shorten (@lcshorten) September 25, 2018
Details are still extremely foggy surrounding exactly how the Grindelwald/Dumbledore sensuality scenes will be dealt with, as Rowling and Yates have perfected their ability to stay mum on spoilers.
Meanwhile, we gays will twiddle our thumbs and patiently wait, just like we did when we fought for our civil rights.