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Fantastic Beasts: J.K. Rowling on Dumbledore's sexuality

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A young Albus Dumbledore will pop up in the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise. What’s unknown is if the beloved future Headmaster of Hogwarts will be openly gay in the series, something not explicitly seen in the book or movie series.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling fielded a question about Dumbledore’s sexuality in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts installments during a press conference on Thursday. Mum was the word for the Fantastic Beasts screenwriter.

“Well, I can’t tell you everything I would like to say, because this is obviously a five-part story, so there’s lots to unpack in that relationship,” she said, according to Screen Crush. “I will say that you will see Dumbledore as a younger man, and quite a troubled man, because he wasn’t always the sage. He was always very clever, but we’ll see what I think was the formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned, watch the space.”

Rowling revealed Dumbledore’s sexuality in 2007 while speaking on behalf of the final Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The seventh novel hinted at Dumbledore and his teenage friend/feared wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, had a relationship beyond friends. The two had a contentious duel in 1945 that Dumbledore won, which Harry learns about in the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Director David Yates confirmed a young Dumbeldore will be discussed in the first Fantastic Beasts film, set in 1926. He later went a step further to confirm a young Albus will be on screen in the sequel.

Fantastic Beasts — starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, and more — opens Nov. 18.