News about this year's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald is gradually coming to light - and the latest piece of information is not sitting well with fans.
In a recent interview, Fantastic Beasts director David Yates was asked about the topic of Albus Dumbledore's (Jude Law) sexuality, and how it would be featured within the film. According to Yates, Dumbledore being gay will be seen more within the film's subtext than anything else.
"Not explicitly," Yates responded. "But I think all the fans are aware of that. He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) when they were young men. They fell in love with each other's ideas, and ideology and each other."
This news has given some fans pause, especially those who were disappointed with how Dumbledore's sexuality was represented within the Harry Potter franchise. As you would expect, this has led to quite a passionate response online, with some finding yet another reason to not support the upcoming film. Here's a round-up of some of those responses.
jkr: dumbledore is gay lol— lucy (@_avasharpe) January 31, 2018
fans: okay but u didn't put it in the source material
jkr: i know lol
*ten years later*
fans: okay you've got a chance to put it in canon now
jkr: hehe lol i know
fans: so are you gonna
jkr: no lol
Dear #FantasticBeasts movie, address Dumbledore’s homosexuality you fucking cowards.— Fight me ? (@EvaTrashQueenB) January 31, 2018
I don't think your fans expressing frustration about the inclusion of a domestic abuser in and the specific exclusion of the sexual orientation of a beloved queer character from the latest installment of your franchise qualifies as "abuse." https://t.co/OIbZ477rRu— taylor brogan (@thbrogan) January 31, 2018
#FantasticBeasts had time to shove in two unnecessary heterosexual romances, but the #CrimesofGrindelwald can't make the most important romantic relationship of Dumbledore's young life explicitly canonical? That is some bullshit right there.— Sara (@saysaraelle) February 1, 2018
JK: Oh yea, Dumbledore was?. It wasn’t in the?cause I felt it was implied by the?I kept to myself & never shared w/the readers. Probably gonna address it in the future.February 1, 2018
This is the same woman who waited 3 months after the release of the FINAL book to reveal Dumbledore's sexuality. There was no way Rowling was going to address it in her new #FantasticBeasts screenplay. https://t.co/hOgIAMsAXz— Kent (@pugglepudge) February 1, 2018
"not explicitly" which seems like a weird choice in a movie literally titled "the crimes of Grindlewald," focused on Dumbledore chasing down a man Rowling has said was his great love, but I guess David Yates thinks ~fans already know~ so why put it in the story? https://t.co/jk0w7qI2hB— buzzfeed pay me (@dogunderwater) January 31, 2018