Dumbledore’s sexuality won’t be explicitly referenced in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald according to new comments by director David Yates. J.K. Rowling first revealed Dumbledore sexuality and relationship with Gellert Grindelwald during a question and answer session back in 2007.
Yates recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the Fantastic Beasts sequel where he was asked about Dumbledore’s sexuality and the representation we might see in the new story:
‘Not explicitly. But I think all the fans are aware of that. 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.’
Two years ago, author J.K. Rowling hinted that Dumbeldore’s relationship with Grindelwald would be given an appropriate treatment onscreen, saying:
‘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. You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man — he wasn’t always the sage…We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned … watch this space.’