'Fantastic Beasts' Director Weighs in on Dumbledore's Sexuality in Upcoming Film

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The sexuality of the young Albus Dumbledore likely won't play a prominent part in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Dumbledore, the beloved mentor of Harry Potter in the books and films, was revealed to be gay by author J.K. Rowling shortly after the original book series ended. But according to director David Yates, fans looking for hints about his relationship to the evil wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp, aren't likely to find much in the next installment in the five-part Fantastic Beasts series.

“Not explicitly, but I think all the fans are aware of that," Yates said in the interview with EWon Wednesday. "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.”

Yates went on to describe the young Dumbledore, who will be played by Jude Law, "as a maverick and a rebel," a far cry from the wizened (although notably spry and playful) headmaster in the original Harry Potter series.

Yates' comments apparently drew some ire from fans, prompting Rowling herself to respond to disappointed Twitter users.

"Being sent abuse about an interview that didn't involve me, about a screenplay I wrote but which none of the angry people have read, which is part of a five-movie series that's only one installment in, is obviously tons of fun, but you know what's even *more* fun?" Rowling wrote on Twitter, followed by a gif showing Lil Yachty pressing the "mute" button on a remote control.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters Nov. 16.

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