During a politically-charged week for the idea of erasing queerness, Fantastic Beasts 2 star Ezra Miller has made his ire known against Harry Potter fans worried that Dumbledore’s sexuality won’t factor into The Crimes of Grindelwald — a movie that’s very director once said wouldn’t explicitly address the character’s homosexuality.
Director David Yates has since walked back his statement, saying that while “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,” but now Miller has gone on the defensive against fans that haven’t heard anything “explicitly” reassuring about how the film will handle that facet of the beloved character. Speaking to Total Film, Miller said he finds “Dumbledore’s queerness extremely explicit in this film.”
“I mean, all around,” Miller said. “He sees Grindelwald, his young lover who’s the love of his life, he sees him in the Mirror of Erised. What does the Mirror of Erised show you? Nothing more than the most desperate desire of your heart. If that’s not explicitly gay, I don’t know what is.”
But that explanation wasn’t where Miller ended. The actor went on to tell everybody to chill, asking, “Why don’t you wait until you see the film before you start talking s**t on Twitter? Or wait to make up your own mind about something for once in your life?”
While criticism of the director’s statement was rampant on the internet — especially pieces criticizing the trend of “off-screen queering” — it is true that LGBTQ fans simply hoping to see promised representation actualized on screen have not yet seen the movie and thus have only what those making it have to say. Dumbledore portrayer Jude Law merely hints that this film won’t get far enough into the character’s relationships for the topic to come up, while screenplay author J.K. Rowling responds to critics with the same kind of heat as Miller.
Will fans want to continue “talking s**t” after The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters on Nov. 16? Perhaps — though, the creatives behind the franchise may simply be waiting until deeper into the franchise to fully-flesh its characters.