Jude Law says upcoming ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films will be gayer

Jude Law portrays a young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Jude Law portrays a young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.Photo: Warner Bros

Dumbledore might not be visibly gay in the coming Fantastic Beasts movie, but Jude Law says a relationship with another man could be coming in a future film.

In 2007, J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, said that the character Albus Dumbledore is gay, even if it’s never mentioned in any of the books, the eight Harry Potter movies, or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is a prequel to the Harry Potter movies and shows a younger Dumbledore.

Fans were disappointed earlier this year when director David Yates said that Dumbledore would not be “explicitly” gay in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second Fantastic Beasts movie. (Three more Fantastic Beasts films are expected from the franchise.)

Now Jude Law, who plays the role of young Dumbledore in the upcoming movie, said that fans could see a gay Dumbledore in a later Fantastic Beasts film.

“Jo Rowling revealed some years back that Dumbledore was gay. That was a question I actually asked Jo and she said, yes, he’s gay. But as with humans, your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you; he’s multifaceted,” he said.

“I suppose the question is: How is Dumbledore’s sexuality depicted in this film? What you got to remember this is only the second Fantastic Beasts film in a series and what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them to the heart over time.

“You’re just getting to know Albus in this film, and there’s obviously a lot more to come. We learn a little about his past in the beginning of this film, and characters and their relationships will unfold naturally which I’m excited to reveal. But we’re not going to reveal everything all at once.”

Yates’s announcement led to harsh criticism from Ian McKellen last month.

“Gay men don’t exist [in Hollywood]. Gods and Monsters [1998], I think, was the beginning of Hollywood admitting that there were gay people knocking around, even though half of Hollywood is gay.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens on November 16.

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