Send your angry tweets elsewhere, because J.K. Rowling just put angry fans on mute after uproar over Dumbledore's sexuality in the next "Fantastic Beasts" film.
Twitter exploded on Wednesday, after director David Yates was asked whether the upcoming "Crimes of Grindewald" will make it clear the wizard (played by Jude Law) is gay. "Not explicitly," he told EW. "But I think all the fans are aware of that. 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."
With the "Fantastic Beasts" sequel giving a glimpse into Dumbledore's younger life and his pursuit of the Dark wizard (played by Johnny Depp), it sure seemed like their twisted love story might hit the big screen. With Yates' update, fans revoted, sending messages towards Rowling herself on Twitter.
Rowling, who wrote the screenplay, was quick to point out that none of them have read it or know what she has planned for the three movies after.
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 instalment in, is obviously tons of fun, but you know what's even *more* fun? pic.twitter.com/Rj6Zr8aKUk
jkr: dumbledore is gay lol fans: okay but u didn't put it in the source material jkr: i know lol *ten years later* fans: okay you've got a chance to put it in canon now jkr: hehe lol i know fans: so are you gonna jkr: no lol
Lol. There are actually fans using the "being openly gay wouldn't make sense for the time period" argument re: Dumbledore. You can accept three headed dogs, invisibility cloaks, and Aberforth's "affinity" for goats, but not an openly gay dude in the 20th century?
Listen, we all knew it was time to let go of #FantasticBeasts when they doubled down on Depp — that Yates confirmed they're going to sidestep Dumbledore being gay in the film means JK and her team have fucked up huge and it's time to ignore this franchise completely. Let it die. pic.twitter.com/Jj61G7CUkM
this is the proof that jk rowling only said dumbledore was gay in order to gain more attention, not bc she supported the lgbt+ community. she's a fucking hypocrite are we surprised though? no. https://t.co/4CtKkwmd2X
Honestly this is the perfect example of what I'm talking about. NOT saying Dumbledore is gay on-screen isn't just "not taking a stance on supporting LGBTQ+ rights," it's actively supporting a status quo that marginalizes queer people. https://t.co/fyKQzae9S4
"Let's randomly turn Fantastic Beasts into a five-part Dumbledore/Grindelwald story without acknowledging that the ENTIRE reason the Dumbledore/Grindelwald relationship is complex is because they were in love." pic.twitter.com/0LqxGbVLY5
Shockingly, it looks like Fantastic Beasts is going to once again ignore the fact that Dumbledore is gay. I just could never have predicted this. I should have known! Sexuality is irrelevant to the narrative unless it is heterosexuality!!
All I want for 2018 is for Dumbledore to be portrayed explicitly as a gay man in Fantastic Beasts. Honestly, it's the best opportunity to show an LGBT character in a worldwide blockbuster, why wouldn't you fight for that? @jk_rowling It's such a cop out.
I just can't comprehend why movie studios are still like "well idk about this character being gay" while Ryan Murphy's got daddy/twink sex scenes involving duct tape airing every week on ACS https://t.co/LSrt9vzoQG