'Harry Potter' fans have fallen madly in love with young Dumbledore
When they announced Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Harry Potter fans were more excited than Hermione in a new library. J.K. Rowling created an incredible world, full of interesting stories to tell, and thanks to these spin-off movies, we can keep visiting.
The five-part Fantastic Beasts series expands the Wizarding World greatly beyond Hogwarts, as each film will take place in a different international city. Also, it will fill in some important history, covering 19 years, from 1926 to 1945. By following the adventures of quirky magizoologist Newt Scamander, Harry Potter fans will learn about the crimes of the O.G. dark wizard. Gellert Grindelwald, and how Albus Dumbledore kicked his ass in a duel.
The trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald has finally Apparated on YouTube, and there's a lot to be excited about. We see all of our old favorite characters, as well as some new faces, like Zoë Kravitz as Leta LeStrange, who was cryptically mentioned in the first film. (And who must be related to Bellatrix.) But Harry Potter are really going crazy over the sight of young Dumbledore, played by Jude Law. In fact, they've fallen madly in love.
In the Harry Potter series, Dumbledore is over a hundred years old, with long silver hair and a sprawling Santa-like beard. But in the Fantastic Beasts series, Dumbledore is in his 40's, the prime of his life, with short brown hair, tidy facial and considerably less wrinkles. Also, he ditched those ratty hobo bathrobes for a handsome suit from Men's Warehouse. For many people, Dumbledore has went from wise old wizard to W.I.L.F.
Last November, a promotional photo for the second film was released, giving fans their first glimpse of Jude Law as Young Dumbledore. They began pining for him then, but now that they can see him in motion, they're especially thirsty, like they just chugged some Amortentia.
After the publication of the last Harry Potter book, J.K. Rowling revealed that Dumbledore was gay. In the series, it's never explicitly stated that Dumbledore is gay, but the hints are there. It's heavily implied he had a romantic relationship with Grindelwald. Since the prequel series explores that relationship, fans hoped that Dumbledore's sexuality would be confirmed. But David Yates says:
"Not explicitly. But I think all the fans are aware of that. 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.”
Many Harry Potter fans were frustrated by this news, especially gay fans, who hoped to see someone like themselves represented on screen. J.K. Rowling responded to the criticism on Twitter, pointing out this is the only second film in a five film series, which implies that Dumbledore's sexuality may be 'explicitly' stated in a later film. Like Fantastic Beasts: 50 Shades Of Grindelwald. Or maybe not. But many Harry Potter fans wouldn't complain.