The first ‘Fantastic Beasts’ hasn’t even hit theaters yet and the buzz for the sequel is already explosive. While speaking at a NYC press conference for the upcoming wizarding flick, J.K. Rowling was asked if Dumbledore’s sexuality will be explored in the next movie. She didn’t say no…
“Well, I’m very comfortable with the question,” J.K Rowling replied when pressed on the appearance of Dumbledore in the sequel for Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find. Since the announcement that fans would get a glimpse of the beloved Hogwarts Headmaster’s earlier years in the next flick, Potterheads have been anxious to know more about how much of his life we’ll see; in particular, his relationship with Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp in the new film series, which J.K. revealed previously was a romantic one during a fan event years ago.
“I can’t tell you everything I would like to say. This is a 5-part story, there’s lots to unpack in that relationship. I will say you will see Dumbledore as a younger man, and quite a troubled man because he wasn’t always the sage. We’ll see what I think is the most formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned, watch this space.”
Yes, that’s right. We could very well be seeing the first, openly homosexual relationship play out in a Harry Potter film. Nothing wrong with that! Especially since fans have been waiting to know more about this relationship, ever since J.K dropped the bomb about Dumbledore’s sexuality at a fan event at Carnigie Hall in 2007. “I always thought of Dumbledore as gay,” she explained. “Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was … He met someone as brilliant as he was, and rather like Bellatrix [with Voldemort] he was very drawn to this brilliant person, and horribly, terribly let down by him … In fact, recently I was in a script read through for the sixth film, and they had Dumbledore saying a line to Harry early in the script saying ‘I knew a girl once, whose hair…’ [laughter]. I had to write a little note in the margin and slide it along to the scriptwriter, ‘Dumbledore’s gay!'”
In the rare appearance in New York alongside the cast and director David Yates, J.K. explained how thrilled she was to be exploring Newt’s world, as he’s a character that was always ‘in the back’ of her mind ever since filming wrapped on Harry Potter. As for more spoilers for upcoming movies, Eddie Redmayne even they are kept in the dark from what’s down the road in the next four movies. “So much is top secret,” he explained at the conference, “It’s even top secret to us. All for a reason, there is such an appetite for the world and the universe that she’s created. and in a world where there are so few surprises, it’s wonderful to keep those secrets.” To that, J.K add, “I’m not a dragon — I’ve told them quite a lot!”
HollywoodLifers, are you dying to see this movie or what? Wish you had a Time Turner right about now, don’t ya?