JK Rowling Speaks About Dumbledore’s Gay Storyline in Fantastic Beasts Sequel
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald director David Yates caused quite the controversy earlier this week when he revealed Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality will “not explicitly” be addressed in the upcoming film.
“I think all the fans are aware of that,” he said about people knowing that Dumbledore is gay. “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.”
The quote sparked outrage throughout the Harry Potter fandom, with people criticizing both the movie studio, David and, of course, creator JK Rowling. But according to the 52-year-old, the outrage may not be warranted.
After a fan wrote to her on Twitter, “We realllly don’t recommend changing important things about book characters for the movies. just saying,” she fired back.
“Lucky I have no intention of doing it, then. Oh, and believing every bit of Potter clickbait? Foolish. Just saying #Dumbledore #FantasticBeasts”
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 2, 2018
A few days earlier JK addressed the controversy, but rather spoke about how it was unfair that SHE was the one being attacked.
She tweeted, “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 installment in, is obviously tons of fun, but you know what’s even *more* fun?”
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? pic.twitter.com/Rj6Zr8aKUk
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 31, 2018
The HP mastermind teased that the film franchise would eventually address Dumbledore’s sexuality at a press conference two years ago.
She explained, “I can’t tell you everything I would like to say because this is obviously a five-part story so there’s lots to unpack in that relationship. You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man — he wasn’t always the sage…We’ll see him at that formative period of his life.”
So, maybe there’s some hope that Fantastic Beasts won’t completely erase the gay storyline?