Jude Law is about to transform into the younger version of one of the most beloved “Harry Potter” characters of all time: Albus Dumbledore. And while fans can expect to see his past relationship with Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) explored heavily on screen in the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel, they won’t be watching that part of their dynamic unfold. You know, how Dumbledore is gay and was in love with Grindelwald in their youth.
J.K. Rowling revealed the big news about Hogwarts’ favorite headmaster over a decade ago, but it’s never been openly addressed on screen in any “Harry Potter” film. And it won’t be in the “The Crimes of Grindelwald” either.
“Not explicitly,” director David Yates told Entertainment Weekly when asked if Dumbledore’s sexuality will finally be made clear on screen. “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.”
Yates expanded on what this young version of Dumbledore will be like in the film.
“He’s a maverick and a rebel and he’s an inspiring teacher at Hogwarts,” Yates said. “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.”