In a rare public appearance promoting the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” J.K. Rowling hinted that we may see an openly gay Dumbledore in an eventual sequel, reports Variety.
“Well, I’m very comfortable with the question," Rowling told reporters, before adding, “there’s a lot to unpack in this story." Although Professor Albus Dumbledore was not expressly revealed to be gay in the “Harry Potter” books or movies, the author “outed” him during a 2007 interview at Carnegie Hall.
“You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man,” Rowling said. “We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned, watch this space.”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the first of five planned Harry Potter prequels starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. It is based on a Rowling’s 2001 Novella of the same name, and will see her debut as a screenwriter.
When asked about learning how to write a screenplay, Rowling admitted, “I did buy a book that I never read. It just sat on my desk.” But she also explained that she was very much involved with the approval of the “Harry Potter” script and that she had crafted a back story for Newt Scamander, the Magizoologist with a briefcase of magical animals.
“I had some thoughts about what happened to Newt and who Newt was. I thought, ‘I better tell them, because I wouldn’t want them to get Newt wrong.’” These notes were the basis for a draft of the first script.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is directed by David Yates and also stars Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston and Ezra Miller. It opens November 17. Fans will have to wait for at least one more film before seeing a young Dumbledore onscreen.