The trailers for the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” the second of five planned prequel spin-off films in the “Harry Potter” franchise, definitely confirm that the new film ties much closer with the original films than the first did.
With the action back in Europe, Hogwarts getting a visit, and a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) serving as a major character, there’s naturally been questions from fans. Author J.K. Rowling previously established, outside of the books, that Dumbledore is gay and so one obvious question is whether Dumbledore’s sexuality will be addressed in the new film.
Speaking with EW, Law himself offered a fairly definitive answer – ‘no’. He does, however, suggest it will become a part of the story down the track:
“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.
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.”
The characters of Dumbledore and Grindelwald were said to be in a semi-romantic relationship which is why the question has come up, and Law says one big reason that relationship isn’t explored is a very simple one – he doesn’t have any scenes with Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) this time out:
“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.”
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” opens in cinemas on November 16th.