Latest SJW Meltdown: Dumbledore Won't Be Gay Enough in Harry Potter Spinoff
On Wednesday, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" director David Yates revealed that the upcoming sequel to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (2016) would mostly avoid the issue of Albus Dumbledore's sexuality. Leftists on Twitter did not take the news well.
Over ten years ago, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling announced that the beloved character was homosexual — to a very mixed reaction. The Harry Potter books and movies may have done well at least in part because Rowling did not explicitly reveal Dumbledore's sexuality. Forthcoming feature films might be wise to repeat that.
When asked if this film will reference Dumbledore's sexuality, Yates told Entertainment Weekly, "not exactly." The director added, "But 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.”
Yates explained that Dumbledore's other important characteristics will emerge in the film, even though his sexuality will not. “He’s a maverick and a rebel and he’s an inspiring teacher at Hogwarts," the director said. "He’s witty and has a bit of edge. He’s not this elder statesman. He’s a really kinetic guy. And opposite Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, they make an incredible pairing.”
Yates did tease a later reveal of Dumbledore's sexuality in a later film, however.
This dynamic sounds promising, and should remind Harry Potter fans of why they liked Dumbledore in the first place — his depth of understanding and his firm dedication to right and wrong in the face of evil. While fans mostly know an older Dumbledore, this younger version sounds in keeping with the original character.
Even so, leftists on Twitter weren't having it.
"If you're not going to make Young Dumbledore's sexuality explicitly clear in Fantastic Beasts then why even bother with this film at all tbh?" asked Jill Pantozzi, managing editor at Io9.
Some suggested that the year meant that Dumbledore's sexuality should be explicit. "'Not explicitly,' Yates replied when asked if the film makes it clear that Dumbledore is gay. 'But I think all the fans are aware of that.' IT'S 2018 LMAO GET IT TOGETHER," tweeted literary agent Connor Goldsmith.
Later, he seemed to (perhaps jokingly) expand his call to "full erotic dumbledore." He later quoted CNN quoting his first tweet, explaining he was "talking about Dumbledore's insatiable lust for Grindelc**k."