Nearly a decade ago, author J.K. Rowling shocked the world when she revealed that the fan favorite Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore was gay. This wasn’t revealed in any of the books. Had Rowling not said anything, it would have been a piece of trivia that never would have made itself known (although the hints are there if you look for them).
However, with the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — a film set during the era of Grindelwald -- we know we will be seeing much more of Dumbledore in future films. Rowling herself has alluded to the fact that the man that Dumbledore may have been in love with is the villainous Grindelwald. With that in mind, one has to wonder that with this prequel series, if they’ll be exploring that territory on any level.
Speaking at a press conference, Rowling was asked that very question. Her response was as follows (via Screen Rant):
“Well, I’m very comfortable with the question. 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. I will say that you will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man because he wasn’t always the sage [mentor]. He was always very clever, but we’ll see him at what I think was the formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned, watch this space.”
Indeed that would be a very interesting place to explore, as it would mark the difference between J.K. Rowling mentioning something, and it actually being shown to audiences. Will more conservative audiences be willing to see something like that play out on screen? Well, let’s be real. Rowling doesn’t really give a damn about that sort of thing. Despite her engagement with fans, she’s always had a real sense of ownership with the world she’s created, and additionally, she’s been a champion of liberal social movements.
Regardless, no matter which way they decide to tackle this subject matter, it’ll make for interesting cinema to see Dumbledore and Grindelwald fall out and go from friends to enemies, and back again.
Is this something you’d like to see play out in the Fantastic Beasts films? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on November 18, 2016.
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SOURCE: Screen Rant