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Dumbledore will absolutely be gay in the next 'Fantastic Beasts' film

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Why Dumbledore will absolutely be gay in the next 'Fantastic Beasts' film

When Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald finally hits cinemas on 16 November, Professor Albus Dumbledore will officially and explicitly be gay, according to director David Yates

Harry Potter fans, as everyone knows, are among the most rabid and terrifying of all the internet Stans. They’re right up there with Beliebers, Gaga’s Little Monsters and people on Reddit who like to dress up as furries.

I mean, they’re so obsessed with all things Potter that they even turn on J.K. Rowling herself when they feel like she’s not keeping true to the original Hogwarts spirit.

Basically, you don’t cross them unless you want to wake up with a bloody owl’s head in your bed.

And Harry Potter fans were properly pissed off earlier this year when it was revealed that Professor Albus Dumbledore, who Rowling has said was gay in her books, would not have any gay scenes in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the film’s director David Yates was asked whether the new movie would reference the character’s sexuality. He replied: “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.”

But now it looks like the film has done a 180 and, in fact, Dumbledore’s sexuality will come across in the movie.

Speaking to Empire Magazine, Yates apologised for his previous remarks and said that the character, portrayed by Jude Law, will be gay.

“In that earlier interview, I didn’t say Dumbledore’s not gay. He is,” Yates said.

“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.

“A couple of scenes we shot are very sensual moments of him and the young Grindelwald.”

On one level, this might seem kinda unimportant, like: ‘Hey, it’s just a kids’ movie! Why make such a big fuss about all this gay stuff?’

But, actually, there are still relatively few openly LGBTQ characters in mainstream films and so representation like this, especially for younger people, is still needed.

So get ready for Jude Law to appear in every scene wearing a big pink wig and waving a massive rainbow flag. IT’S ONLY FAIR, PEOPLE!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits cinemas on 16 November. 

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