Over at Entertainment Weekly, Director David Yates stated that Dumbledore’s sexuality will not explicitly be handled in the Fantastic Beasts sequel: The Crimes of Grindelwald. He went on to say – 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.

Any gay fan of the Harry Potter franchise is aware that probably the most powerful of all wizards in that universe, Albus Dumbledore, was outed by series creator J.K. Rowling after the initial series ended. Being that the series was about Harry Potter and not Dumbledore, his sexuality was never a reason to be explored. However now a series of movies is being made that is set in the same universe but taking part specifically around Dumbledore and his ex-lover Gellert Grindelwald. His sexuality should not be the focus but it should most definitely be known that the two were together. The word gay does not have to be stated, but to seeing events unfold as if they are friends and now possible enemies would be such a disservice.

Yates also stated about Dumbledoore: 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.

I am going to be blunt. I know heterosexual audiences are still scared to death to see powerful characters being portrayed as being gay and we have a long way to go. Heterosexual representation is unapologetic and I was hoping that we would get a queer relationship to be shown in an unapologetic light in the same way. I honestly did not believe we would get a love story on screen, but I did think that we would at least see some elements of chemistry and tension between Jude Law’s representation of Dumbledore and the horrible miscast version of Johnny Depp being Grindelwald. Not this go around though. I will still watch the movie and hope that the future movies will somewhat go into this realm.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to release on November 18, 2018. What do you think about this?


Some media interpretations of older gay men involve the mentioning of their characters orientation but usually never showing any real romantic interests for that character. Albus Dumbledore is one of the more famous of these examples as J.K. Rowling stated that the most powerful wizard in the world of Harry Potter was gay and in love with a dark wizard by the name of Gellert Grindlewald. This love was mentioned outside of the books and after all the original Harry Potter books had been published. The uproar was not as huge as it could have been from many conservatives suddenly interested and upset about this sexless wizard’s love life, but it was still there.


With the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them being a huge hit and with four more possible sequels being made, we will most definitely have a younger Albus Dumbledore make his appearance. More likely in the next movie. I personally am wanting Ewan McGregor to play the role of younger Albus, but that’s just my opinion. What is better is that Gindlewald has already been shown and is played by Johnny Depp. He was masquerading as Percival Graves who is played by Colin Farrell. The question is however – How much of a gay romantic story will the viewer get? Romance is played down a lot in the Potter films and books, which is something I am grateful. Seeing romance between teen wizards is not a huge driving point for me to be interested in the franchise. However, there are still some elements of romance present and love is the driving force in respect to the story for major plots. When we get to same sex storylines, it is still considered taboo among many people in almost all franchises. This is especially true for family films such as the Potterverse movies. Murder, racism, animal cruelty and destruction of all forms are accepted. But mention that two people of the same sex are romantically involved, and conservatives lose their cool.


One thing to consider is the timeline as to what is happening at this point in the films. Dumbledore and Grindlewald were together at a younger age and ended their relationship after having a three way duel with Aberforth Dumbledore. The end result was that their sister Ariana Dumbledore was killed. This is thought to be the known reason as to why Dumbledore ended his relationship with Grindlewald. Currently in the timeline with Fantastic Beasts, both are more mature and this event has already occurred. Grindlewald is a dark wizard recruiting for his revolution, while Albus Dumbledore is a professor at Hogwarts. So unless we see flashbacks, chances are we will never see them as a couple.


Also a small detail has been made clear by Rowling- Dumbledore was in love with Grindlewald but that love may not have been reciprocated. Grindlewald could have been using Dumbledore to further his own agenda. Never has it been stated that Grindlewald himself was gay or in love with Dumbledore. It is possible that Grindlewald could have been a character similar to Daken, Wolverine’s son, who used both male and females to get what he wanted. Fantastic Beasts exemplifies this perfectly with his affection to the powerful Credence Barebone, played by Ezra Miller. The gay subtext is present and very clear to the viewer. Albeit somewhat creepy, but it is visable. Whether or not Credence was gay or just incredibly lonely is not made known, but he did feel rejected when Graves/Grindlewald temporary abandoned him.


All I want is a romantic relationship between two male wizards, similar to what has been shown so far in the Harry Potter Universe. Nothing extreme, nothing that would go beyond Rated PG. And nothing that we have not already seen between heterosexual characters in the same situations. Flirting, small amounts of touching and a romantic vibe that we have already gotten from all the other couples shown. Maybe a kiss, but even that is not essential. It may never happen on screen. But hopefully we will see something. I would like to think that Dumbledore did not live a life of celibacy after losing Grindlewald.