Spoiler warning for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Jude Law candidly talks about Dumbledore potentially becoming a gay icon now that his sexuality has been further explored in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The second installment from the spinoff series introduces fans to a young Albus Dumbledore at a time where he was still the Hogwarts' Defense Against The Dark Arts professor. It also shines a light on the complex history between him and Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), who made his shocking debut towards the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
Inching fans towards the main Harry Potter timeline, the sequel is directed by David Yates with the story written by J.K. Rowling. While reviews have been mixed thus far, Crimes of Grindelwald is already a smash hit at the box office with over $250 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend. The film ended on a promising note as it teases a bigger involvement from Dumbledore as the hunt for Grindelwald continues.
Speaking with the New York Times in light of the release of Crimes of Grindelwald, Law talked about stepping into the shoes of such an iconic character, especially given the pressure that comes with it regarding Dumbledore's much-discussed sexuality. While the actor can't say much about what's in the film and what lies beyond for the fan-favorite wizard, he's confident that "the world is ready" for an openly gay Dumbledore, "and if it isn’t, it bloody well should be."
Despite the importance that Dumbledore's sexuality be explicitly portrayed on the big screen via the Fantastic Beasts movie, the actor clarified that this doesn't necessarily define him as a person. This is an important point to emphasize considering that this aspect of his life never really came to light until 2007 when Rowling brought it up and was never even tackled in the main Harry Potter franchise.
"Put it this way: This film is not about his homosexuality, nor does his sexuality define him. But that relationship is certainly a defining element of who he is and what he’s about. I also don’t think he’s someone who has given his heart or his soul to many people. The aftermath of their relationship left him reeling, and he’s packed his heart in ice, to be honest, and no one’s quite thawed it."
With the stage nearly set for a face-off between Dumbledore and Grindelwald following the events of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, it's curious how Rowling and company will continue to tackle the complicated relationship of the two and how it's woven into the bigger story of the Fantastic Beasts saga. Credence, having fully joined the dark wizard will obviously factor in the story and might even be the reason why it could take more time to see the lovers-turned-arch-nemesis go one-on-one. That said, seeing more of Dumbledore in the next film will be nothing but a welcome development especially since he mostly stayed on the sidelines in the latest movie.
Source: New York Times
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018