Jude Law tries to explain why Dumbledore won’t be ‘explicitly gay’ in Fantastic Beasts 2
Jude Law has addressed concerns from fans that the sexuality of fan favourite character Albus Dumbledore will be “erased” from his origin story in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film.
Law is set to play a young version of the Hogwarts headmaster in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second film in a planned five-film prequel series set in the Harry Potter universe.
JK Rowling made headlines in 2007 when she famously proclaimed that the beloved Harry Potter character was gay.
His sexuality was never portrayed in the main film franchise, but the books hinted at a relationship between Dumbledore and the dark wizard Grindelwald in his younger days.
Fans had hoped that relationship would finally come front-and-centre in Fantastic Beasts 2 due to the focus on Dumbledore and Grindelwald – but director David Yates recently confirmed the character will not be portrayed as “explicitly gay” in the film.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jude Law attempts to address the issue.
The actor said: “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.
“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.”
He added: “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.”
Law also appeared to confirm that his character would not directly cross paths with Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp.
He said: “I don’t actually have any scenes with Johnny. As I said before, this is only Part 2 of a longer story.
“I’ve always admired him from afar, but we don’t know each other, and I’ve not yet met him on this. In many ways that suits the relationship as it’s been many years since they’ve seen each other.
“So there’s complexity in that that’s fun to mine. Again, the past will reveal itself.”
The film’s director David Yates had sparked the row when he told a fan that Dumbledore’s sexuality would “not explicitly” be dealt with in Fantastic Beasts 2.
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He added: “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.”
Yates added of Dumbledore: “He’s a maverick and a rebel and he’s an inspiring teacher at Hogwarts. He’s witty and has a bit of edge. He’s not this elder statesman. He’s a really kinetic guy. And opposite Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, they make an incredible pairing.”
Referring to Yates’ comments, she said: “Being sent abuse about an interview that didn’t involve me, about a screenplay I wrote but which none of the angry people have read, which is part of a five-movie series that’s only one instalment in, is obviously tons of fun, but you know what’s even *more* fun?”
The author then posted an image with the word ‘MUTE’, suggesting she was blocking out messages from critics.