Why We Need a Gay Dumbledore and Queer Superheroes

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Why We Need a Gay Dumbledore and Queer Superheroes

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


When the cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was announced, there was palpable excitement as there was widespread criticism. Jude Law was tasked with essaying the younger, dashing Albus Dumbledore, while Johnny Depp was to reprise his role as the evil magical criminal Gellert Grindelwald, months after he was accused of domestic violence. (Both J K Rowling and David Yates put out statements defending Depp’s casting. much to the displeasure of fans.)

This prequel to the Harry Potter spin-off intended to throw light on the formative years of the “troubled” Dumbledore before he became the wise headmaster of Hogwarts. Expectations were thus rife about the boundless possibilities at hand while exploring Dumbledore’s romantic life, since Rowling had revealed 10 years ago that Dumbledore was gay. At the time, the author had even alluded to Dumbledore’s young romance with Grindelwald, saying, “Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.”