6:08 pm EST, January 31, 2018

Harry Potter fans are pissed that J.K. Rowling is kicking Dumbledore’s sexuality down the road… again

By Andrew Sims | Edited by Karen Rought

Director David Yates revealed on Wednesday that Dumbledore’s sexuality will “not explicitly” be addressed in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — a decision that has left many fans outraged.

For a series that preaches inclusion and acceptance, J.K. Rowling does a bad job of practicing it in her writing. This five-part film series is leading up to the battle between Dumbledore and Grindelwald — a battle that was complicated by, in Rowling’s words, Dumbledore being in love with Grindelwald. It’s an epic plot point that only adds to the story’s intrigue. So why the fuck is Dumbledore’s sexuality still not being “explicitly” addressed?

This, mind you, comes after fans watched Albus and Scorpius in The Cursed Child get quiiiiiite close to each other only to get no-homo’d at the very end.

We are tired of representation being hidden away, and we’re ready to see J.K. Rowling acknowledge it in canon already.

But that won’t be in Crimes in Grindelwald. Nope, one of the things that makes the Dumbledore/Grindelwald arc SO INTERESTING HOW DO YOU NOT SEE THAT JO is gonna happen later… I guess. Maybe it’ll be in the next movie, due out in 2020. Or maybe the one in 2022. Or 2024. Who knows! Yeah sure, we can wait! Life is great right now. We don’t mind waiting! We don’t need to see representation and equality in pop culture right now! … … … …

You see, this is why waiting longer is bullshit: At this point in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World (the 1920s), Dumbledore’s friendship with Grindelwald is over. His love for Grindelwald is probably not what it once was. But yes, the love was there, as J.K. Rowling said at an event in 2007. This seems like a thing to mention in The Crimes of Grindelwald, like how Rowling hinted in FB1 that Newt was in love with Leta. We get a hint about a straight couple but not a hint about a gay couple? K.

Adding to the problems: Yates used “fans already know he’s gay” as an excuse to not put the information in Fantastic Beasts 2. That is a shitty way of bailing yourself out of explaining why his sexuality is not addressed.

Anyway, I’m not the only one who’s annoyed by this. Twitter was on fire Wednesday afternoon with reaction to the upsetting news:


Rowling noticed the reactions and said she was muting people who are being abusive. We absolutely agree with muting bad people, but we wish she would throw us a bone after her director said Dumbledore’s sexuality would not be addressed in the movie. At least assure us that Gay Dumbledore is coming.

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