Screenwriter Rowling has also previously said, “As far as his sexuality is concerned… Watch this space,” which many took to mean the film would address Dumbledore’s sexuality. However, when EW asked Yates whether the second Fantastic Beasts would indeed ackowledge that Dumbledore is gay, he said “Not explicitly.”
He then added, “I think all the fans are aware of that. 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.”
Although Yates went on to try to excite fans with the idea of Law as a younger, more dynamic Dumbledore – “a maverick and a rebel and he’s an inspiring teacher at Hogwarts. He’s witty and has a bit of edge” – that won’t please those hoping for the film to properly represent Albus’ sexuality. Indeed, for many it will be rubbing salt into the wound, as there has been a growing feeling that Rowling has been a bit disengenuous by saying the character is gay – and receiving kudos for that – and then never creating anything that properly gives expression to it.
However, when Rowling said ‘Watch this space’, it was in the context of Fantastic Beast as a five-film series, which means we could be getting a gay Dumbeldore in a later movies. Even so, many will wonder why we have to wait, especially as the series will increasingly revolve around Dumbledore and Grindelwald, which is essentially a tragic tale of lovers turned enemies – but so far without ever admitting they were lovers.