Albus Dumbledore must be given extensive scenes showcasing his gay relationship in forthcoming sequels to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, according to a Guardian article.
Writer Ben Child demanded that the Hogwarts headmaster isn’t “the token gay person” in the movies, and put pressure on author JK Rowling to explore “how the wizarding world sees same-sex relationships”.
Rowling first said that Dumbledore is gay at a 2007 event, but makes no reference to his sexuality in her novels.
Why Dumbledore must not be the token gay person in Fantastic Beasts https://t.co/ZfghTLu5Dw
— The Guardian (@guardian) November 29, 2016
According to Rowling, the legendary wizard had a devastating failed relationship with dark wizard Grindelwald before the events of the books, which closed down his romantic life forever.
But in light of the Fantastic Beasts prequels, which will star Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, Child said it would “beggar belief” if the film-makers duck the chance to flesh out Dumbledore’s love life and “how the wizarding world sees same-sex relationships”.
He laments that campaigns to pressure producers into making Captain America gay, or Finn from the new Star Wars franchise, resolutely failed.
Perhaps an aging, bearded wizard will be the one to finally destroy the horcrux keeping heterosexual wizarding dominance alive?