With the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hitting theaters this November, Harry Potter fans will see their first extended glimpse of life at Hogwarts before Harry with Jude Law taking on the prominent role of a young Albus Dumbledore.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 45-year-old opened up about the role and if it will explore Dumbledore’s sexuality, as it wasn’t until after the eight Harry Potter movies concluded that J.K. Rowling confirmed the character is in fact gay. While director David Yates has said that the film will not portray Dumbledore as “explicitly gay,” Law explained a bit further. “Jo Rowling revealed some years back that Dumbledore was gay. That was a question I actually asked Jo and she said, yes, he’s gay. But as with humans, your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you; he’s multifaceted. 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 and what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them to the heart over time.”
The actor added, “You’re just getting to know Albus in this film, and there’s obviously a lot more to come. We learn a little about his past in the beginning of this film, and characters and their relationships will unfold naturally which I’m excited to reveal. But we’re not going to reveal everything all at once.”
With many fans anxious to see the depiction of young Dumbledore played by Jude Law and Grindelwald played by Johnny Depp, they might be surprised to learn that the two actors didn’t even see each other on set. “I don’t actually have any scenes with Johnny. As I said before, this is only Part 2 of a longer story. I’ve always admired him from afar, but we don’t know each other, and I’ve not yet met him on this. In many ways that suits the relationship as it’s been many years since they’ve seen each other. So there’s complexity in that that’s fun to mine. Again, the past will reveal itself,” Law revealed.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens Nov. 16.