Fantastic Beasts 2 Will Have 2 Gay Characters, ‘Sensual’ Scenes, Director Says

Michael Foust | Contributor | Monday, November 12, 2018
<em>Fantastic Beasts 2</em> Will Have 2 Gay Characters, ‘Sensual’ Scenes, Director Says

Fantastic Beasts 2 Will Have 2 Gay Characters, ‘Sensual’ Scenes, Director Says

The director of Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald says two characters in the upcoming film are gay and in love, although they aren’t open about it. 

The Fantastic Beasts series is a prequel to the Harry Potter films, which were based on books by J.K. Rowling. Rowling said in 2007 that the book character Albus Dumbledore is gay, even though there were no hints of that in any of the seven novels. She also said he had fallen in love with the wizard Grindelwald as a teenager. Dumbledore is head of the Hogwarts wizarding school.

“This part of this huge narrative that [J.K. Rowling] is creating doesn’t focus on his sexuality, but we’re not airbrushing or hiding it,” director David Yates told Empire magazine. “...The story [of the romantic relationship] isn’t there in this particular movie, but it’s clear in what you see ... that he is gay.”

Yates added, “A couple of scenes we shot are very sensual moments of him and the young Grindelwald.”

The movie is rated PG-13. Fantastic Beasts 2is the second installment in a planned five-movie series. 

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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity TodayThe Christian PostThe Leaf-Chroniclethe Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.