Potterheads threw their wizards’ hats high up in the air when it was announced that a young Albus Dumbledore will appear in the sequel of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
This time, author J.K. Rowling said that Dumbledore — who never discussed his sexuality in the “Harry Potter” books and movies — will be openly gay in the upcoming film.
Rowling was questioned about Dumbledore’s sexuality in an interview at Carnegie Hall. “Well, I’m very comfortable with the question,” Rowling responded, according to Variety. “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,” Rowling added. “We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned...watch this space.”
For the upcoming film, fans will first be introduced to Gellert Grindelwald, who will be played by Johnny Depp. For those who are unfamiliar with the character, Grindelwald is Dumbledore’s best friend and love interest. He has a penchant for dark magic and was killed by Voldemort because of the latter’s desperate search for the Elder Wand.
“Fantastic Beasts” director David Yates said it was important for them to make the character interesting, so they went with Depp. “The whole principle of casting the movie was go with the best actor. Go for the most inspired, interesting, right fit for that character. And as we approached Grindelwald we thought, ‘Who's going to take this in an interesting direction?’” Yates told Entertainment Weekly.
Meanwhile, the movie will follow the adventures of magizoologist Newt (Eddie Redmayne) as he goes in search for magical creatures. Redmayne even told IGN that it has been both “extraordinary” and “amazing” playing the role of Newt, and he is quite excited for the film’s release.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be released on Nov. 18.