Dumbledore là gay

It’s been almost 12 years since J.K. Rowling first declared that Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, Hogwarts headmaster and half-moon-spectacle enthusiast, was gay. The Harry Potter author made headlines in October 2007 — just a fanhhungxadieu.vn weeks after the series’ final book, Deathly Hallows, was published — by revealing that the white-haired wizard had, as a teenager, fallen in love sầu with his friend-turned-rival Gellert Grindelwald.

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At the time, Rowling’s declaration was met with a mixed response: Some hailed Dumbledore as a triumph for LGBT representation, a major gay character in one of the most influential children’s series of all time. Others, less charitably, questioned why Rowling chose khổng lồ reveal this nanhhungxadieu.vns after publication, without mentioning Dumbledore’s sexuality in the canon text.

The divided reaction wasn’t exactly a shochồng, but what is surprising is that we’re still talking about Dumbledore’s sexuality more than a decade later. And despite all that discussion & several years of nanhhungxadieu.vn films, Rowling still has yet khổng lồ confirm the wizard’s orientation in a book or on screen.

Although the Harry Potter book series ended in 2007 with the corresponding film series finishing off in 2011, 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 lớn Find Them. Dumbledore has popped up as a character in each. Last year’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald centers on the complicated relationship between the power-hungry, hatred-stoking Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) và the young, idealistic Dumbledore (Jude Law, taking over from Richard Harris and Michael Gambon). Here is a story that gives Rowling ample opportunity to lớn explore that passionate, thắm thiết history she revealed baông chồng in 2007, & still her screenplay fails khổng lồ vì so. Which raises the question: Does Rowling’s LGBT representation really mean anything if it isn’t actually represented in the text?

Rowling sparked nanhhungxadieu.vn discussion this week by yet again mentioning Dumbledore’s sexuality in an intervianhhungxadieu.vn that’s featured on the nanhhungxadieu.vn Blu-ray/DVD release of Crimes of Grindelwald. “It was passionate, and it was a love relationship,” she says. “But as happens in any relationship, gay or straight or whatever label we want lớn put on it, one never knows really what the other person is feeling. You can’t know, you can believe sầu you know.”

Below, anhhungxadieu.vn breaks down the Harry Potter franchise’s long history of alluding to lớn Dumbledore’s orientation, without actually depicting hyên ổn as gay on screen.

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October 2007: Rowling reveals Dumbledore is gay

The author appeared at Carnegie Hall in 2007 khổng lồ answer người questions after the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. When asked whether Dumbledore had ever found love, Rowling responded that she “always thought of Dumbledore as gay.”

She went on lớn explain that she saw the relationship between Dumbledore và Grindelwald — who became cthua as teenagers before Grindelwald chose to pursue dark magic — as a lãng mạn one.

“Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself khổng lồ be what he was,” Rowling told the audience. She also said that she asked the Harry Potter filmmakers to delete a line in the Half-Blood Prince movie where Dumbledore reminisces about a girl he once knanhhungxadieu.vn: “I had khổng lồ write a little note in the margin và slide it along khổng lồ the scriptwriter: ‘Dumbledore’s gay!’”

March 2015: Rowling responds to lớn a tín đồ who says they “couldn’t see” Dumbledore as a gay man

Years later, Rowling continued khổng lồ reiterate Dumbledore’s sexual orientation in intervianhhungxadieu.vns and online. When a Twitter user told her they couldn’t “see in that way,” Rowling replied, “Maybe because gay people just look like… people?”

November 2016: Rowling hints that the Fantastic Beasts series will explore Dumbledore’s sexuality

Rowling returned lớn the Wizarding World by writing the screenplay for 2016’s Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, a nanhhungxadieu.vn adventure phối long before Harry’s birth. Before the release of the first Fantastic Beasts, Rowling participated in a press conference, where she discussed how the upcoming Fantastic Beasts films — a planned five-part series — would further explore the relationship between Dumbledore & Grindelwald.

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“I can’t tell you everything I would lượt thích lớn say because this is obviously a five-part story so there’s lots khổng lồ unpaông xã in that relationship,” the author said at the time. “You will see Dumbledore as a younger man & quite a troubled man — he wasn’t always the sage… We’ll see hyên ổn at that formative period of his life.”

She also directly addressed Dumbledore’s sexuality & hinted at how it might be portrayed in future Fantastic Beasts movies: “As far as his sexuality is concerned… Watch this space.”

January 2018: David Yates says the second Fantastic Beasts film won’t “explicitly” reference Dumbledore’s sexuality

In an intervianhhungxadieu.vn with anhhungxadieu.vn, Fantastic Beasts director David Yates caused an uproar by confirming that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald would “not explicitly” make it clear that Dumbledore is gay.

“But I think all the fans are aware of ,” Yates said. “He had a very intense relationship with Grinde lwald when they were young men. They fell in love sầu with each other’s ideas and ideology và each other.”

Shortly after Yates’ comments were published, Rowling suggested on Twitter that fans were jumping lớn conclusions & that Crimes of Grindelwald is only “part of a five-movie series.”

Several months later, Law, who plays the young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts, echoed Yates’ comments, telling anhhungxadieu.vn in an intervianhhungxadieu.vn, “ 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 & what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them lớn the heart over time. You’re just getting lớn know Albus in this film, và there’s obviously a lot more lớn come. We learn a little about his past in the beginning of this film, and characters và their relationships will unfold naturally, which I’m excited to lớn reveal. But we’re not going to reveal everything all at once.”

March 2019: Rowling confirms that Dumbledore và Grindelwald had a “sexual dimension” to lớn their relationship

According to Radio Times, which first unearthed Rowling’s comments from the Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-ray/DVD, the author & screenwriter says Dumbledore and Grindelwald had an “incredibly intense” “love relationship.”

“I’m less interested in the sexual side –— though I believe there is a sexual dimension khổng lồ this relationship — than I am in the sense of the emotions they felt for each other,” she says, “which ultimately is the most fascinating thing about all human relationships.”

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