Subscriber Account active since. Rowling and the "Fantastic Beasts" franchise were already wading in controversy over Johnny Depp's continued presence in the movies, but now fans are at a breaking point after learning that Dumbledore's sexuality wouldn't be openly explored in the coming sequel. He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other's ideas, and ideology and each other. One only needed to do a cursory search on Twitter and Reddit to see heated debates and fans expressing dismay over this latest comment about the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" sequel. We spoke primarily with fans who identify as gay or bisexual, and who had been immersed in the "Harry Potter" community for anywhere between 10 to 20 years.
J.K. Rowling's long history of discussing — but not depicting — Dumbledore's sexuality
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Rowling first declared that Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, Hogwarts headmaster and half-moon-spectacle enthusiast, was gay. Although the Harry Potter book series ended in with the corresponding film series finishing off in , the Wizarding World has lived on in behind-the-scenes dispatches from Pottermore , the two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , and the prequel film series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Dumbledore has popped up as a character in each. Here is a story that gives Rowling ample opportunity to explore that passionate, romantic history she revealed back in , and still her screenplay fails to do so. The author appeared at Carnegie Hall in to answer fan questions after the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Why devoted 'Harry Potter' fans feel betrayed by J.K. Rowling and the 'Fantastic Beasts' franchise
At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Spoilers will be present within the article. The topic of this article is of a real-life subject that has been mentioned " in-universe " in a canon source. The Harry Potter Wiki is written from the perspective that all information presented in canon is true e. While homosexuality often made people the target of discrimination, harassment and violence in the Muggle world, witches and wizards tended to be tolerant of or indifferent toward gays and lesbians.
The Potter-verse was thrown for a loop when author J. But could anyone have seen this coming? Did Rowling leave any clues in the book? To find out we called Andrew Slack, head of the Harry Potter Alliance, an organization that uses online organizing to mobilize more than , Harry Potter fans around social justice issues, drawing on parallels from the book. His name.