With the premiere date set on November 16, Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald continues where the first movie ended. Grindelwald escapes the custody of MACUSA (Magical Congress Of The United States of America). Similar to Voldemort, he sets out to gather like-minded individuals and promote the xenophobic belief that pure-blooded wizards should rule over non-magical beings (known as Muggles in the United Kingdom; No-Maj in America).
Jude Law, who will be portraying a “young” Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts 2 recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel. Albus Dumbledore recruits his former student from Hogwarts, our beloved Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Newt eventually agrees to help fight against the bigoted and dogmatic philosophy emanating from Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp) and his followers. This crusade brings dangers aplenty for Newt and his friends. Their love for each other, as well as their alliances, are also tested. The wizarding world itself tries to find its own identity in the late 1920s.
Amongst all the chaos that will involve our protagonists in Fantastic Beasts 2, one important relationship between two prominent characters within the Harry Potter universe will be prevalent in the next four movies. Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald’s turbulent relationship was but a small footnote in the Harry Potter films. With Fantastic Beasts’ release, their relationship has certainly spurned fans to see Dumbledore’s sexuality on-screen. Will the two iconic wizards meet face to face in the second movie? In the interview with Entertainment Weekly, Law admits that Dumbledore never shares a scene with the infamous wizard Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 2.
“I don’t actually have any scenes with Johnny. As I said before, this is only Part 2 of a longer story. I’ve always admired him from afar, but we don’t know each other, and I’ve not yet met him on this. In many ways that suits the relationship as it’s been many years since they’ve seen each other. So there’s complexity in that that’s fun to mine. Again, the past will reveal itself.”
P.S.: Regarding Dumbledore’s Sexuality “Controversy”
Something that I’d like to address regarding the Fantastic Beasts saga is the controversy surrounding Dumbledore’s sexuality. The controversy erupted after David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter movies, and Fantastic Beasts stated that Dumbledore’s sexuality will “not explicitly” be addressed in Fantastic Beasts 2. He added:
“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.”
Fans have been upset since Yates comment squashes any notion of seeing a gay relationship in the Harry Potter Expanded Universe on-screen. Thankfully, in the more recent interview with Jude Law, the air was cleared of frustration that plagued the fandom during this unneeded controversy by saying:
“What you got to remember this is only the second Fantastic Beasts film in a series and what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them to the heart over time. You’re just getting to know Albus in this film, and there’s obviously a lot more to come. We learn a little about his past in the beginning of this film, and characters and their relationships will unfold naturally which I’m excited to reveal. But we’re not going to reveal everything all at once.”
“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”
– Leo Tolstoy
J.K. Rowling herself stated in 2016 that there’s going to be a total of 5 Fantastic Beasts movies. This story surrounds the lives of multiple characters, old and new, so it will be lengthy. One just needs to be logical like a Vulcan when dealing with matters like which gender Dumbledore fancies most. Addressing a significant character’s sexuality within the second movie in a five-part saga screams haphazard directing. Fans have yet to get to know Jude Law’s version of a young Dumbledore. Representation is always important, but it needs to be addressed properly with time. Fans also shouldn’t let such immediate nitpicking get in the way of enjoying what will be a fantastic journey with Newt and his friends. I have faith and trust that we will see all aspects of the great wizard that is Dumbledore during that adventure. If anything, go by Newt’s own words in the lovely gif below.
Fantastic Beasts 2 at San Diego Comic-Con 2018
There is some respite for fans who are begging to see a dose of Dumbledore and Grindelwald relationship in the sequel. I suggest watching the Comic-Con 2018 trailer below. One may only need to look into the mirror to find the truth in what they want most. Enjoy the trailer as well as the Fantastic Beasts 2 panel (below) from Comic-Con earlier this week!