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Potterheads Are Not Happy That Dumbledore’s Sexuality Will Not Be ‘Explicitly’ Addressed in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel

David Yates, the director for the sequel of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, told Entertainment Weekly that the latest installment in the series still would not definitively assert Dumbledore’s sexuality. 

If you’re in the dark, back in 2007 J.K. Rowling said she always pictured Dumbledore as gay. Since then, big fans have been waiting for his grand coming out.

“I always thought of Dumbledore as gay,” she said at Carnegie Hall. “Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.” Apparently she did write it in the margin of a script at one point, but fans shouldn’t hold their breath that someone will find that. 

When asked whether Dumbledore would clearly be portrayed as gay in the film, Yates told EW, “Not explicitly.” Yates thought fans would understand. “But I think all the fans are aware of that,” he said. “He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology and each other.” 

Yates was wrong — fans did not understand

J.K. Rowling had thoughts of her owns, and she was not happy either.

TBD whether or not Dumbledore will ever officially come out of the closet.

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Abby Piper

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Abby is a senior studying English, French and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame but remains obsessed with her hometown St. Louis. She loves running, water skiing, writing, watching Christmas movies all year long and The O.C.'s Seth Cohen.
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