The 'Harry Potter' author hints that the relationship between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald will be explored in future 'Fantastic Beasts' movies.
J.K. Rowling has hinted that Albus Dumbledore will be openly gay in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" sequels. After confirming that the next "Fantastic Beasts" movies would feature several characters from the "Harry Potter" universe, the British author said she would as well explore the powerful wizard's sexuality during his youth.
When asked by Screen Crush about gay Dumbledore during a press conference in New York on Thursday, November 10, Rowling responded, "I'm very comfortable with the question." She continued, "I can't tell you everything I would like to say because this is obviously a five-part story, there's lots to unpack in that relationship."
Though she seemingly confirmed Dumbledore's relationship with Gellert Grindelwald could be explored, the author didn't give any detail if it would be featured in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2" or in the following sequels. "You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man," she said. "We'll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned ... watch this space."
No actor has been tapped to play the Hogwarts headmaster as of now. Meanwhile, it's been confirmed that Johnny Depp will portray Grindelwald. He will make a brief appearance in the first movie before starring in the sequel.
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" had its world premiere on Thursday evening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. Starring Eddie Redmayne as the lead character, Newt Scamander, the movie will arrive in U.S. theaters on November 18. The second and third movies will follow on November 16, 2018 and November 20, 2020 respectively.