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Dumbledore's sexuality will be avoided in "Fantastic Beasts" sequel

Jude Law as Dumbledore in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,”
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Harry Potter fans who were hoping his magical universe would open up enough to explore Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” are going to have to wait according to the film’s director Peter Yates who says that aspect of the wizard’s life won’t be explored, “not explicitly,” anyway.  

“But I think all the fans are aware of that,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling herself wrote the screenplay and even though she outed Dumbledore in 2007, Yates says her script mostly avoids the topic.

Jude Law is playing young Dumbledore in this prequel to the “Potter” series, he is the third to do so. First was Richard Harris who passed away after “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” followed by Michael Gambon who played the magical sage until the series ended in 2007.

“He’s an inspiring teacher at Hogwarts,” Yates says of young Dumbledore. “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.”

With three more planned sequels already greenlit for future productions, it will remain to be seen whether or not Dumbledore’s sexuality will go from “not explicitly” to being the true nature of the character.

“I can’t tell you everything I would like to say because this is obviously a five-part story so there’s lots to unpack in that relationship,” Rowling said at a press conference in 2016, about Dumbledore's relationship. “You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man.”

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will be released on November 16.