Following months of speculation over whether J.K. Rowling has adjusted canon, we now know it’s true: Dumbledore is not a Transfiguration teacher in Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jude Law confirms that Dumbledore is not a Transfiguration teacher “at this stage.” This is significant because canon has dictated that Dumbledore was the Transfiguration teacher during his teaching years at Hogwarts. As far as we’ve known he was never a DADA teacher.
Debate over Dumbledore’s educator role in Crimes of Grindelwald first surfaced in the spring when a scene screened for media depicted Dumbledore in the DADA classroom teaching a lesson on boggarts. As fans know, this class was taught by DADA teacher Lupin in Prisoner of Azkaban.
Last week, a photo depicting Dumbledore in the DADA classroom teaching a DADA lesson was released. Some fans were still in denial over the change.
According to canon, the teacher of Defense Against the Dark Arts was Galatea Merrythought from 1895-1945.
Here’s how it went down with EW:
Q: So he teaches Transfiguration, right?
A: He doesn’t teach Transfiguration, actually, not at this stage.
Q: Oh! Because in Potter lore, it was said he used to be a Transfiguration teacher before becoming headmaster…
A: At this stage in his career, he’s not. I’m not sure I’m allowed to say what he teaches…
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So Rowling has changed canon to serve the purposes of this film. Law’s remarks make it sound like he is much more than a substitute. And you know what? That’s perfectly okay! It’s fucking cool that Dumbledore taught DADA.
Law also reveals a couple other tidbits about Dumbledore in this interview: He says he has no scenes with Grindelwald in this movie, and that we will learn “a little about his past in the beginning of this film.”
In terms of his sexuality, Law says that he was told by J.K. Rowling that Dumbledore is gay, but this won’t have a role in the film. “As with humans, your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you; he’s multifaceted,” Law says.
“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.”
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters this November.