A few years ago, J.K. Rowling admitted to a crowd of cheering Harry Potter fans that she had always considered lovable headmaster Albus Dumbledore to be gay, adding that he had fallen in love with dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Now, with the announcement that a younger Dumbledore will appear in the forthcoming Fantastic Beasts sequels, everyone wants to know: will his sexuality be addressed?
“Well, I’m very comfortable with the question,” Rowling told reporters yesterday at a press conference for Fantastic Beasts. “I would like to say because this is obviously a five-part story, there’s lots to unpack in that relationship.” Here it comes…
“You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man,” Rowling added. “We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned,” she says, “Watch this space.”
Sounds like a pretty resounding “prepare yourself for gay Dumbledore” to me, which is excellent news considering his object of affection, Grindelwald, has been announced as none other than Johnny Depp (I know, I know… but he excels in these over-the-top roles sometimes, doesn’t he?).
This is one giant leap for the wizarding world as well as a giant leap for mankind; placing an openly gay character at the heart of an international phenomenon is huge, and it couldn’t come at a more appropriate time.