Remember when JK Rowling dropped that bombshell that Albus Dumbledore was gay? While there was quite a bit of praise around the announcement, there was also quite a bit of criticism. I mean why wait to after you have had seven novels published and then decide to tell the world that one of the main characters was gay the whole time?
When the news was dropped in 2007, fans of the Harry Potter series were treated with a bit of background story and it was revealed a young Dumbledore was in love with Gellert Grindelwald who would later become one of the most dangerous wizards in history alongside He Who Must Not Be Named.
Well it now looks like LGBTI fans will see their community represented in the new Harry Potter spin-off series, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, with Rowling revealing that Albus Dumbledore’s past will be explored in future instalments of the series.
“I can tell you that we do talk about Dumbledore and Grindelwald,” Author Rowling explains, “I’m not allowed to say too much but I can say one thing… we were doing some script sessions the other day, and we always knew it would be more than one movie. But I’ve now done the plotting properly, and we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.”
This means it might be highly likely that we’ll see Dumbledore meeting his young love back when they were just mere schoolboys.
“We can’t tell you too because we’d have to kill you all… but we do mention Dumbledore and he features in a wonderful scene between Colin [Farrell] and Eddie [Redmayne],” says producer David Heyman, “Grindelwald does feature in the background and is going to become a much more prominent feature moving forward.”
For now we can only guess which of the five films will feature Dumbledore or Grindelwald the most and how much of their backstory will be covered in the new series. Either way it’ll make for some captivating storytelling.
In the meantime here’s the final trailer for the first instalment of the new series, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
How much of Dumbledore’s past do hope to be explored in the new series?