Written by Shiggins
Yes, if you don't know yet, it was established long ago and confirmed canon by Harry Potter author herself, JK Rowling, that Albus Dumbledore was homosexual. Recently, the director of Fantastic Beasts 2 has announced that although Albus will be making an appearance in it, played by the fantastic Jude Law, his sexuality will not be addressed whatsoever. And since everyone on the internet has been speaking about it, I figured I might as well discuss if this is a big deal or not.
|Still my favourite portrayal of Dumbledore to date.|
Personally, as a reader of the books and viewer of the films myself, my response was; "Oh, that makes sense!".
|I wonder if there is a reason that Albus wears blue in the prequel series, when he wears red in the Philosopher's Stone. Hm? There isn't a reason? Well, Tumblr can find one, damn it!|
Regardless of your opinion in this matter however, it is canon. And that brings us to the next topic; Does it matter if Dumbledore is gay in the context of the story? Not from a political standpoint, but from a narrative one.
In Harry Potter, the story is about Harry and his friends as they take on Voldemort and his underused cronies. Dumbledore is the wise headmaster who teaches Harry and bonds with him, like a modern version of Gandalf teaching Frodo, and we both know there are many more comparisons to be made between Gandalf and Dumbledore. In the main series, the focus is on Harry. Dumbledore is not the focus, and he doesn't have any character arc because... well, he's an old man who has already gone through all his arcs. He exists to help Harry, and any parts of his backstory is told in snippets, but it works because the story focuses where it should and everyone plays the role they should.
So in the context of Harry Potter, Dumbledore's sexuality means as little as Professor Sprout's.
|Well, Albus certainly had some... unique tastes.|
Fantastic Beasts 2 is called "The Crimes of Grindlewald" and, if the title didn't give it away, has Grindlewald himself as a major character, the main antagonist. Unless some major rewriting of Harry Potter canon is going to take place, then this film series will be telling the story of how Dumbledore took down Grindlewald and that Newt Scamander will somehow be involved with it. And as we all know, the most important factor in any rivalry is the emotional connection of the relationship.
|Is he... trying to be the owl?|
The emotional connection in the case of Dumbledore vs Grindlewald is a fascinating one, and one that I feel could surpass the Harry vs Voldemort one if done accurately. This brings us back to the initial question of whether or not the sexuality is important...
In Harry Potter, no.
In Fantastic Beasts, yes.
The movie series would be missing out on a huge opportunity to ignore the romantic element that these two characters surprisingly shared, as Dumbledore's motivations could range from ultimately complex to beautifully simple. Maybe he wants Grindlewald to be good? Maybe he's just bitter that Grindlewald never loved him back? Or maybe Grindlewald does love Dumbledore as well and he wants them to be a couple together, ruling the Muggles? Could the time period itself be a factor in this, since it was a very different time with different principles? The options given just by having Dumbledore's heart yearn for him are too good to ignore, and the Fantastic Beast series should address it eventually.
|What is that beautiful thing in the background? Not the man, but the super-telescope-thingamjig!|
We are just on the second of a five film franchise, and we should never rush these decisions. In the future, I hope to see Dumbledore confess his love for Grindlewald and reveal that he is in fact the power bottom we all know him to be. For now though, I'll gladly wait. There is so much in this next film to see and so much to learn. As a fan of this franchise, I'm eager to wait. I'm excited to wait. I just don't want Fantastic Beasts to ignore such a perfect opportunity for drama and suspense.
If you were planning on boycotting this film or you've spent the past few weeks rolling your eyes and saying "it doesn't matter", then I hope this article has at least influenced you in some way. I've said my thoughts, and now please tell me yours by commenting below!
On a final note, where's that prequel about the Marauders? The potential is there! I would write it myself if I got the offer!
|Look what I got for Christmas!|
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