So it seems Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is going to be more apparent than was first teased.
Fans were left disappointed earlier this year when the film’s director, David Yates, suggested that the Hogwarts teacher’s homosexuality wouldn’t be “explicit” in the Harry Potter prequel.
JK Rowling famously revealed Dumbledore is gay after published the seventh and final Harry Potter book.
When the series of five new Fantastic Beasts films were announced – and set 70 years prior to the events of Harry Potter – fans of the franchise were hopeful we’d see this side of the famous wizard explored more.
With Jude Law cast as a young Dumbledore, it seems that Wizarding World fans everywhere are going to get what they wished for.
According to Ezra Miller – who will reprise his role of Credence Barebone in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Dumbledore’s sexuality is very clearly defined in the movie.
“It’s a funny idea to me that every form of representation has to look the same,” Ezra told Total Film. “For me, personally, I find Dumbledore’s queerness extremely explicit in this film. I mean, all around.
“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?” he added. “Nothing more than the most desperate desire of your heart. If that’s not explicitly gay, I don’t know what is.
“I think it’s also really powerful to have characters who are fascinating, dynamic people, doing magical works in the world, and that the story does not only pertain to their sexuality.
“People have to also take a moment and acknowledge the gift that Jo Rowling gave us by writing one of the greatest characters in literary history, one of the most beloved characters across the whole spectrum of civil society, and the beliefs and ideologies there; one of the most beloved characters; and then, at the end of writing that series, was like, ‘Oh, yeah, and he’s gay. What? Step to me.’ She is forever a god for that.”
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald also stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, 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.