Most people remember where they were when they found out who shot J.R. on Dallas, but my queen self will always remember the day J.K. Rowling was that shit-stirring friend who went on Twitter and was all, “By the by…Dumbledore is gay” and went about her merry way as though she figured it was something we had known about all these years. Initially people were a little surprised, but then we all thought about it and a dude who wanders around an opulent castle with a silver Merlin beard in robes and half-moon glasses definitely performs well on Scruff. The trailer for the latest Harry Potter origin story, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, dropped, and they kinda (if you squint really hard and press pause) show when Dumbledore may have first started thinking about the D.
OK, so first things first: it’s not like they show Professor McGonagall walking in on Albus sitting on his wand while looking at a scroll of Bel Ami wizards. Hell, they don’t even show anything remotely like the LiveJournal fan fiction I, er, a friend wrote about Dumbledore getting it on with Snape in the potions closet. See for yourself at the 1:15 mark.
Jude Law is playing Dumbledore, and they seem to hint at him being gay because he’s looking a little smug in a bowler hat and then his younger self seems to be lustily looking at Grindewald in a mirror. I still think he seemed gayer in Alfie, but that’s just me. Before you get too ape shit like I was just an hour ago, you might want to remember the last Fantastic Beast flick did bananas overseas, making $814 million in overseas markets. Since the film cost about $180 million to make, they can’t exactly piss off the prudes in China and Russia who tend to ban movies with LGBTQ content. Thus, we have to get by with Dumbledore complimenting a would-be suitor on his girthy wand during a duel, or so I would imagine.