The five-part Fantastic Beasts film series will introduce Dumbledore in the sequel, and at some point within movies two through five, J.K. Rowling will explore the wizard’s sexuality.
At a press conference in New York on Thursday, Rowling was asked if Dumbledore’s homosexuality — something that was only revealed by the author after publishing Deathly Hallows — would come to light in the prequel series.
“Well, I’m very comfortable with the question,” Rowling said when asked about the possibility. “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,” she said. “We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned, watch this space.”
Fantastic Beasts is a perfect time to learn more about Dumbledore’s past, and in particular, his romantic interests in Grindelwald. We learned only a few weeks ago that the evil enemy — who will be played by Johnny Depp — will have a prominent role in future Beasts movies.
At the same event, Rowling was asked about her writing process and her love for the craft. “I need to do it,” she said. “I feel strange if I don’t write. Clearly, I don’t need to write anymore. I love it so much. I would feel almost like a psychic amputation if I didn’t do it. I have to write.”
“I can write anywhere and anytime,” she said when asked if she needs to work in particular places. “I have written a surprising amount of one chapter on the lavatory, which is the only place where I could get temper and peace. Last night, I was in a bleak mood boarding the plane, and I thought, ‘I need to work.’ I got out the second screenplay and did work on that. It made me feel better.”