In 2007, during an appearance at Carnegie Hall, J.K. Rowling surprised fans by saying that Albus Dumbledore is a gay man.
“I always thought of Dumbledore as gay. Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was," she said.
Some bigots mourned, but who cares about them. Many more rejoiced! Having queer representation in media really important to the LGBTQ community. Too bad there weren't any explicit references to it in the actual text, but okay.
Ten years later, and fans are a little sick and tired of just "knowing" Dumbledore is gay; they want to see an actual love story, or something. And it's the perfect opportunity, because his life as a young wizard out on the town is being presented on film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them series. We will literally see Dumbledore chasing Grindelwald around. Something's bound to happen, right? Nope.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director of The Crimes of Grindelwald, David Yates, responded to a question of whether or not Dumbledore will be seen as gay by saying, "Not explicitly."
He continued, "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.”
Fans have pretty much had it with the queer baiting:
"not explicitly" which seems like a weird choice in a movie literally titled "the crimes of Grindlewald," focused on Dumbledore chasing down a man Rowling has said was his great love, but I guess David Yates thinks ~fans already know~ so why put it in the story? https://t.co/jk0w7qI2hB— buzzfeed pay me (@dogunderwater) January 31, 2018
If you're not going to make Young Dumbledore's sexuality explicitly clear in Fantastic Beasts then why even bother with this film at all tbh?— Jill Pantozzi ♿ (@JillPantozzi) January 31, 2018
JK Rowling made a huge deal out of announcing Dumbledore was gay after she was done actually writing Harry Potter. Now, given the chance to write new Dumbledore stories with the Fantastic Beasts movies, his sexuality will ... still not be explicit https://t.co/Tv8mjckAwl— Christian Holub (@cmholub) January 31, 2018
“Not explicitly,” Yates replied when asked if the film makes it clear that Dumbledore is gay. “But I think all the fans are aware of that."— Connor Goldsmith (@dreamoforgonon) January 31, 2018
IT'S 2018 LMAO GET IT TOGETHER
Like, they hate it for logical fallacies as well as the hints of discrimination:
A) JKR explicitly *said* Dumbledore falls in love with Grindelwald *before* he figures out that Grindelwald is a genocidal evil Nazi, which means if Dumbledore's not explicitly in love with him in the next movie it's gonna be seriously WTF.— ask me about my fallen heroes (@ajaromano) January 31, 2018
B) these actors are OLD. Jude Law is 45 and Johnny Depp is 54. What kind of message is it sending to kids if this hugely influential franchise has middle-aged Dumbledore still being tentative about his sexuality — or is still skirting around/hinting about an adult man's sex life?— ask me about my fallen heroes (@ajaromano) January 31, 2018
do you know what it's like being a queer harry potter fan waiting for queer representation in your fandom since 1999— ask me about my fallen heroes (@ajaromano) January 31, 2018
But lots of people are defending Yates and the story's progression. Including J.K. Rowling, who is like, "Don't @ me."
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
Others are saying that the relationship between Grindelwald and Dumbledore might be addressed in the next installment. or maybe the one after that? Who knows, the future is unclear!
Maybe this is just their way of trying to make their chemistry and history come naturally and not feel forced.— David Wilson (@davidpockets90) January 31, 2018
We’ve all seen situations where when they force it, it doesn’t feel natural or right. Who knows I could be completely wrong. Lol Just trying to be glass half full! pic.twitter.com/DH1LDYVyj2
Dumbledore will probably hint at their history but not delve into it specifically...yet.— David Wilson (@davidpockets90) January 31, 2018
We are getting like 5 more of these films! With Rowling writing the scripts I have faith that it’ll be fleshed out when it’s necessary.
But the point should be made that no one has seen proof of Dumbledore's sexuality in the actual books or movies yet, and they want the receipts.
jkr: dumbledore is gay lol— lucy (@_avasharpe) January 31, 2018
fans: okay but u didn't put it in the source material
jkr: i know lol
*ten years later*
fans: okay you've got a chance to put it in canon now
jkr: hehe lol i know
fans: so are you gonna
jkr: no lol
Here's a thing I want in movies going forward. Either fucking have gay characters or don't, but I'm tired of creators "teasing" LGBTQ characters in movies.— Ira Madison III (@ira) January 31, 2018
Lol. There are actually fans using the "being openly gay wouldn't make sense for the time period" argument re: Dumbledore. You can accept three headed dogs, invisibility cloaks, and Aberforth's "affinity" for goats, but not an openly gay dude in the 20th century?— Sarah Sterling (@SarahSterling_) January 31, 2018
May both Yates and Rowling discover a magical new world called 2018 extremely soon.