In 2007, writer J.K. Rowling confirmed long-standing speculation that beloved wizard Albus Dumbledore is gay. However, many critiqued Rowling for not making the character explicitly so in the books. Although many hoped that the character would be explicitly gay in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, no such revelation materialized. However, Jude Law -- who plays Dumbledore -- says the world is ready for a gay children's icon, though he doesn't mention if he thinks that icon should be Dumbledore.
When asked by the New York Times if the world was ready for a gay children's icon, Law responded, "I think the world is ready for it, and if it isn’t, it bloody well should be."
Law also provided some explanation of director David Yates' statements from January about Dumbledore not being "explicitly" gay in Fantastic Beasts 2. "He didn’t say that to me," Law said. "Every time I asked, it was, ‘Yes, he is.’ In my mind, he is... Put it this way: This film is not about his homosexuality, nor does his sexuality define him. But that relationship is certainly a defining element of who he is and what he’s about. I also don’t think he’s someone who has given his heart or his soul to many people. The aftermath of their relationship left him reeling, and he’s packed his heart in ice, to be honest, and no one’s quite thawed it."
In theaters now, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is directed by David Yates from a script by J.K. Rowling. Rowling. The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Fiona Glascott and Callum Turner.