– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them had some hints and nods to the fan-favorite character Albus Dumbledore, but with the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Dumbledore will act as a pivotal character.

Fans of the Harry Potter novels also know that Dumbledore has a romantic history with Grindelwald, and given this history, it led many to wonder how the impending film will handle this relationship. Will they firmly acknowledge that Dumbledore is gay (as stated many times by author J.K. Rowling), or go for more of a subtextual deal?

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Speaking to EW, Fantastic Beasts director David Yates revealed the following:

“Not explicitly. 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’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.”

Some fans may be disappointed to hear that Warner Bros. seems to be chickening out for the sake of appealing to a wider audience, but who knows if it’ll come up in future films? There are still three other films that are set to take place after The Crimes of Grindelwald, and that leaves plenty of time to delve into Dumbledore’s character.

Are you disappointed to hear that they won’t be more blatant about Dumbledore’s sexuality? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.