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Dumbledore's Sexuality Won't Be Addressed in 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crime of Grindelwald', Making It Even Less Fantastic

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 31, 2018 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 31, 2018 |


I found the first Fantastic Beasts to be boring and filled with a drab story punctuated by insanity and, well, fantastic beasts. It doesn’t matter what I thought, because it made $814 million worldwide and there are sequels to be made and money to be hoarded.

Johnny Depp was problem number one with the first movie and with this second flick as well. Depp is abhorrent and turning Colin Farrell into him as Grindelwald is tantamount to a lesser war crime, like not flushing a shared toilet in a safe house or something.

Now director David Yates has told EW that Dumbledore (Jude Law) will not be “explicitly gay” in the sequel. The sequel where Dumbledore is basically fighting to bring his ex to justice. The sequel where his motivation is more than his sense of justice, it’s his sense of personal hurt at someone he loved being so terrible. Says Yates:

“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.”

What a load of bullshit. The fans are also aware of what eventually happens to Grindelwald, yet you are making a movie about it. Furthermore, not everyone that sees a Fantastic Beasts movie is entrenched in fandom. Some people just want to enjoy the fantasy of it all or they watch the movies instead of reading the books. It’s a lame excuse for failing a LGBT character by taking away backstory that informs their current motivations. If it were a heterosexual relationship, I am quite sure we wouldn’t be seeing it downplayed in this manner.

Also, what the hell does “not explicitly gay” mean? I’m not looking for a scene with penetration here, guy. I’m also not looking for him to do a stereotypical sashay into every scene while sucking on lollipops and grabbing dicks like some kind of hyper-sexualized Republican nightmare version of what a gay person is. I just want Dumbledore and Grindelwald to have their relationship acknowledged in a way that adds to the story and makes it clear that gay or not, to have someone you loved turn like this is a devastating thing.

I’m also not here for promises of Dumbledore’s sexuality being addressed in three movies from now.

“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 two years ago. “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.”

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.