Fans are rightfully outraged following news that Dumbledore isn't "explicitly" gay in "Fantastic Beasts"
Have you heard? When Fantastic Beasts 2 picks up, Albus Dumbledore isn’t going to be gay. Or maybe he’ll still be gay, but the film will not address it and instead focus on how the future Headmaster of Hogwarts falls in love with a man, but falls in love with him for his “ideas” rather than his personality and all that other good stuff.
If you’re outraged, join the club. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director of the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, David Yates, addresses Dumbledore’s sexuality by saying that the film is not going to bring it up. It’ll like, be there, but we won’t see it — kinda like a Thestral!
This has sparked immediate and rightfully deserved backlash for the franchise, which seems to be taking many missteps right now (*cough*Johnny Depp*cough*). The big problem here is that in prior interviews, J.K. Rowling has stated that Dumbledore *is* gay, and *was* in love with Grindelwald but now…that won’t be a main part of the movie *ABOUT* Grindelwald and starring young, hot Dumbledore. Essentially, the film is straight-washing the character, and TBH, it makes no sense. Fans are calling bullshit.
And if you know anything about wronged Harry Potter fans, you know that they will NOT calm down when things don’t go as planned. Fans have taken to Twitter to demand that the franchise do better — along with making jokes, of course.
Also, we can’t ignore the fact that this is simply *not good*, considering this is 2018, and marginalized communities need all the representation.
Apparently, Dumbledore’s sexuality may be addressed in a future Fantastic Beasts movie, which means we’re going to have to wait until *at least* November 20th…2020. Hopefully the franchise can get its act together by then.