The director of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has said that Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality will be made “clear” in the forthcoming sequel.
In a new interview with Empire Magazine, Yates clarified comments made earlier this year – when he suggested that Jude Law’s iteration of the Hogwarts headmaster will not be “explicitly gay”.
It comes after J.K Rowling confirmed the character’s sexuality in 2007.
“In that earlier interview, I didn’t say Dumbledore’s not gay. He is”, Yates told Empire.
“This part of this huge narrative that Jo is creating doesn’t focus on his sexuality, but we’re not airbrushing or hiding it… the story [of the romantic relationship] isn’t there in this particular movie but it’s clear in what you see… that he is gay.
“A couple of scenes we shot are very sensual moments of him and the young Grindelwald.”
Yates also confirmed that the relationship between the two will play a pivotal role in how future Fantastic Beasts movies will eventually pan out.
“The story [of this film] is about other things, fundamentally, but the story of Grindelwald and Dumbledore, going forward, that is the story”, he said.
Yates’ comments come only a week after the film faced backlash for the casting of Claudia Kim as Nagini.
As Nagini’s debut was revealed in the final trailer, fans suggested that it’s problematic to cast an Asian actress in the role of a cursed woman who eventually becomes Voldemort’s slave.