Recasting a well beloved character in a popular franchise is always a tricky situation. Yet when it was announced that Jude Law would portray young Albus Dumbledore in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, it felt like he fitted in.
In speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the 45-year-old actor talked about his character’s sexuality in the highly-anticipated sequel. There’s also a question if Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp)’s relationship will be explored.
Years after the “Harry Potter” books were released, author J.K. Rowling dropped a shocking revelation when she said she “always thought Dumbledore was gay” and he had a romantic past with another wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. Naturally, Potterheads are wondering if Dumbledore’s queerness would become a plot point.
“Jo Rowling revealed some years back that Dumbledore was gay. That was a question I actually asked Jo and she said, yes, he’s gay. But as with humans, your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you; he’s multifaceted,” Law told the publication.
He added, “I suppose the question is: How is Dumbledore’s sexuality depicted in this film? What you got to remember this is only the second Fantastic Beasts film in a series and what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them to the heart over time“.
“You’re just getting to know Albus in this film, and there’s obviously a lot more to come. We learn a little about his past in the beginning of this film, and characters and their relationships will unfold naturally which I’m excited to reveal. But we’re not going to reveal everything all at once,” the Brit explained.
Just like the case with Dumbledore’s sexuality, the upcoming sequel will not delve further into the relationship between him and Grindelwald. “I don’t actually have any scenes with Johnny. As I said before, this is only Part 2 of a longer story. I’ve always admired him from afar, but we don’t know each other, and I’ve not yet met him on this. In many ways that suits the relationship as it’s been many years since they’ve seen each other. So there’s complexity in that that’s fun to mine. Again, the past will reveal itself,” the actor revealed.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” opens in cinemas 15th November 2018.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.