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Dumbledore Will Not Be "Explicitly" Gay In "Fantastic Beasts" Sequel And Fans Are Explicitly Angry

Not MY Dumbledore!

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When EW asked Yates if Dumbledore's sexuality will be addressed in this year's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, he didn't have quite the answer we were all expecting:

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.

So you're explicitly telling me Dumbledore will not be "explicitly" gay in the movie explicitly covering the time period where he explicitly falls in love WITH ANOTHER MAN???? THAT'S EXPLICITLY GAY AS FUCK BUT OKKKKKKKKKK!!!!

As you can imagine, Potterheads made it explicitly clear that they were NOT here for the news:

"not explicitly" which seems like a weird choice in a movie literally titled "the crimes of Grindlewald," focused o… https://t.co/0QSfjoTfvZ

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If you're not going to make Young Dumbledore's sexuality explicitly clear in Fantastic Beasts then why even bother… https://t.co/WGSTDa9FMg

Me hearing that #FantasticBeasts2 is gonna be indulging in Dumbledore/Grindelwald gay erasure because they for sure… https://t.co/9Zwz3pEt53

Like, it just doesn't make sense???

I don’t see how you can do a story about Grindelwald, include Dumbledore and have him ‘not explicitly’ gay for god’… https://t.co/OPCtDsoeAK

David Yates: well, dumbledore won't *explicitly* be ... me:

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People were quick to question the decision, given the progress of queer representation in film over the past year:

How is it that we can have MOONLIGHT win Best Picture last year, have a bunch of films representing the LGBTQ+ comm… https://t.co/yBkUmUrCSP

“Not explicitly,” Yates replied when asked if the film makes it clear that Dumbledore is gay. “But I think all the… https://t.co/x6SLISibu0

And some fans even called out Harry Potter author and Crimes of Grindelwald screenwriter J.K. Rowling for her treatment of Dumbledore's sexuality:

jkr: dumbledore is gay lol fans: okay but u didn't put it in the source material jkr: i know lol *ten years later*… https://t.co/jSXlcOq0ZJ

They didn’t need to tell me they were gonna ignore Dumbledore’s sexuality, I knew. JKR wrote 7 books then announced he was gay, FUN FACT!

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Choose your fighter but bullshit edition: David Yates saying Dumbledore is not explicitly gay in Fantastic Beasts… https://t.co/mVZOr5UaoI

Friendly reminder that Dumbledore still technically isn’t canonically gay because JKR and everyone involved in the… https://t.co/qQwWqFw8kO