It’s been almost a decade since Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling revealed a not-so-surprising secret that her venerable headmaster at Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore, was in fact gay.
That, unfortunately, was never explored much in the Harry Potter book series, or the eight films that came with it. But Rowling is set to explore that very aspect of Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – likely as early as the second film in the series.
During an interview with media to promote the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – which opens Nov. 18 – Rowling, according to Variety, was asked that now fans are looking into the history of the magical world, will that open the door to provide more about the man who would eventually heroically sacrifice himself.
“I would like to say because this is obviously a five-part story, there’s lots to unpack in that relationship. You will see Dumbledore as a younger man, and quite a troubled man. We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned, watch this space.”
Rowling herself has been writing the screenplays for the Fantastic Beast series, the first time she’s actually taken that role. The Harry Potter movies were adapted from her books, using other screen writers.
Although Fantastic Beasts is based on a textbook Harry Potter uses in the later time period, the films themselves are not based on any books, and thus will be revealed to audiences all at the same time. Think Game of Thrones post-Season 5.
It is quite possible Dumbledore’s attraction to Gellert Grindelwald could play a key role in the later story. According to the backstory, it was that affection that blinded Dumbledore to Grindelwald’s evil ways, allowing that wizard to become a dark force before there was Voldemort.
Warner Bros. already announced Grindelwald will be played by Johnny Depp. However, the role of the younger Dumbledore has yet to be cast. Depp reportedly has a cameo in the first movie, but is expected to become a larger force in the second film, setting himself up to be the big bad of this new Harry Potter universe story.
Rowling did address what it’s like writing in the Harry Potter universe without, well, Harry Potter.
“Well, it’s true that Harry is not in the movie, because he’s not born yet. But this is very much of the world. And there are characters you will learn more about through Fantastic Beasts. I’m being so careful.
“This is Potter. There’s a certain glory in writing a standalone novel where you can write anything you want. Now I’m back in top-secret territory again.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stars Eddie Redmayne, and was directed by David Yates.
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