“It’s clear in what you see… that he is gay.”
David Yates has revealed that Dumbledore is clearly gay in the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, the director said the Hogwarts professor is not “out as a gay man in this film,” but added: “This part of this huge narrative that Jo is creating doesn’t focus on his sexuality, but we’re not airbrushing or hiding it.
“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.”
Yates continued: “A couple of scenes we shot are very sensual moments of him and the young Grindelwald.”
Back in February, Potter-verse fans hit the roof when Yates revealed that Dumbledore will not be “explicitly” gay in the sequel, despite JK Rowling’s claims that Dumbledore’s sexuality will eventually be addressed.
“Well, 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,” she said.
“I will say that you will see Dumbledore as a younger man, and quite a troubled man because he wasn’t always the sage.
“He was always very clever, but we’ll see what I think was the formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned, watch the space.”
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, and Poppy Corby-Tuech.
The highly-anticipated blockbuster will be released in UK cinemas on 16 November, 2018.
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