Fans of the Fantastic Beasts series are apparently not pleased. Reportedly, the sequel to the Fantastic Beasts movie may not fully explore Albus Dumbledore's sexuality and supposed relationship with the villainous, Gellert Grindelwald.
Director of the film, David Yates, caused a bit of a controversy when he spoke on how the film will handle Dumbledore's "feelings" for Grindelwald in the upcoming film, The Crimes of Grindelwald. Yates commented that the film will not "explicitly" touch on Dumbledore's sexuality and that's something fans of the movies should already know.
"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 stated.
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Yates then spoke more about Dumbledore's character in the new film and how it will tie into the Harry Potter series.
"He's not this elder statesman. He's a really kinetic guy. And opposite Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, they make an incredible pairing," Yates continued.
Following Yates comments, twitter bashed the film and its decision to keep Dumbeldore's sexuality a "mystery."
Author J.K. Rowling, responded to the backlash after several Twitter users verbally attacked her and accused her for not fighting for Dumbledore's love story with Grindleward. The writer alleged that she was not involved in Yates decision or in the screenplay for the film.
Being sent abuse about an interview that didn't involve me, about a screenplay I wrote but which none of the angry people have read, which is part of a five-movie series that's only one instalment in, is obviously tons of fun, but you know what's even *more* fun? pic.twitter.com/Rj6Zr8aKUk — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 31, 2018
Over a decade ago, Rowling revealed to Harry Potter fans that Dumbledore was indeed gay and was in love with Grindelwald, which led to the two wizards having a troubled relationship.
The sequel to Fantastic Beasts received backlash in 2017 over the decision to keep Johnny Depp as Grindelwald despite the abuse allegation against him. Actor Jude Law will portray the young Dumbledore in the sequel.