J.K. Rowling is no stranger to dropping buzzy revelations about the Harry Potter universe, like the fact that she regretted not having Harry end up with Hermione. Then there was the revelation that Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was gay and actually fell in love with his peer, Gellert Grindelwald. We imagine Grindelwald's role in the death of Albus' sister Ariana put a damper on the relationship, don't you?
With the Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, on its way next November and featuring a young Dumbledore played by Jude Law, fans are wondering if the character's sexuality will be explored in any way.
“Not explicitly,” said director David Yates to Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
At a press conference in 2016, Rowling, also the film's screenwriter, added that the exploration of Albus' love for Grindelwald isn't off the table and reminded fans to keep in mind that there will be three more movies in the franchise with which to "unpack" the complexities of Dumbledore's relationship with his old friend.
“You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man — he wasn’t always the sage," she explained. "We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned … watch this space."
As for the Dumbledore we'll see in Fantastic Beasts 2, Yates described him as "a maverick" and "really kinetic guy" who is inspiring and witty in equal measure. "Opposite Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, they make an incredible pairing," Yates added.
Hey, maybe we'll even see how he got the knee injury, which healed into a scar "that is a perfect map of the London Underground." The Crimes of Grindelwald apparates into theaters on Nov. 16.