The upcoming “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will make Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality “clear” after major backlash from fans.
Director David Yates walked back his previous comments about the wizard — played by Jude Law in the second entry in the “Harry Potter” spin-off series — after declaring that Dumbledore would “not explicitly” be gay in the film.
“In that earlier interview, I didn’t say Dumbledore’s not gay. He is,” Yates told Empire magazine. “This part of this huge narrative that [J.K. Rowling] is creating doesn’t focus on his sexuality, but we’re not airbrushing or hiding it. ... The story [of the romantic relationship] isn’t there in this particular movie, but it’s clear in what you see ... that he is gay.
Yates even promised that there will be “very sensual moments” between Dumbeldore and the dark wizard Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp in the film.